Joan Laporta after winning the Barcelona presidential election has confirmed he was not looking to poach Mikel Arteta to become the club’s new manager.
Laporta was revealed as the successor to Josep Maria Bartomeu on Sunday night with more than 54 per cent of the vote.
There were reports that the 58-year-old, who returns for a second spell after overseeing the highly successful period between 2003-2010, was keen to replace Ronald Koeman with Arteta.
But those rumours have been firmly shut down, with Koeman set to continue, despite an underwhelming start at the Nou Camp.
One of Laporta’s trusted associates, Rafa Yuste, told COPE :
“I completely deny it. I know that Mikel Arteta is a great coach, a friend of Pep, but I have not spoken with him.
“And we convey all our confidence in Koeman.”