Pep Guardiola was quizzed about Mikel Arteta and the now-vacant Arsenal job at his news conference on Friday.
And the Manchester City boss did not want to go into depth about the talk and simply replied: “He is in the squad, he travels to Newcastle,” when quizzed about his number two.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been tipped to potentially succeed Guardiola if the City boss walks away at the end of his contract in 18 months time.
However he has also been linked with the Arsenal job and after the sacking of Unai Emery the speculation is only likely to ramp up.
Arteta, 37, in fact held extensive talks with Arsenal chiefs regarding the possibility of succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018, but the mantle at the north London club was eventually handed to Emery.
“Of course he will be manager sooner or later. Now we will see in the future what will happen,” Guardiola said.
“I would like him honestly to stay with us as long as possible. Manchester City have incredible value as a person to work for the future. But personal life is personal life, professional desires are professional.
Guardiola also expressed his sympathy for former Gunners counterpart Emery, after his departure on Friday morning.
“I am so sorry for him. Every time a manager is sacked it’s not good news,” he added.
“He did incredible in Spain and France and made an incredible achievement which no-one else will do to win three (Europa Leagues) in a row with Sevilla.
“That’s football. He knows and I know it’s about results. He will find a new job soon.”