Man City hold crucial advantage over mega-rich rivals Newcastle in Rodgers race

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Manchester City could thwart their new mega-rich rivals Newcastle in the race for Brendan Rodgers, as they look to tempt him into replacing Pep Guardiola in the near future.

Reports broke on Wednesday that Newcastle had made Rodgers their 'no.1 target' to succeed Steve Bruce and lead the Magpies through a sustainable rebuild as the new wealthy owners aim to be challenging for the Premier League title within five years.

Despite Newcastle's intent, it was then revealed that Rodgers had no interest in taking over from Bruce as he is fully committed to his role at Leicester.

However, a potential role that's set to open up at City could be the reason for this.

According to the Daily Mail, Rodgers will resist any approach from Newcastle as he is being lined up to replace Guardiola as City manager in just 18 months time after sources confirmed that the current Leicester boss would feature on a shortlist to succeed the Spaniard following the conclusion of next season.

The tug-of-war for Rodgers appears to be heating up, with both of the Premier League's wealthy heavyweights battling it out to secure the Leicester boss, who haven't started the season in the greatest form.

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It is believed that Guardiola will leave City when his contract expires in the summer of 2023, meaning that the Premier League champions will already be on the lookout for the right replacement as they look to continue their dominance domestically.

Rodgers' side beat the Citizens 1-0 in the Community Shield to kick off the season, and Leicester played that game due to winning their first ever FA Cup as Chelsea were defeated by the same scoreline.

It seems that everyone wants a piece of Rodgers, who seemingly has a lot of options as his disposal should he look to leave Leicester.

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