Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered his backing to “outstanding” Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez and insists he has no interest in taking charge at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona on Saturday evening has left Benitez’s Real Madrid future in jeopardy, with the club calling a press conference on Monday evening to clarify his future.
Benitez was booed from the field following the Clasico embarassment, but the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss is still expected to be handed a vote of confidence from Real president Florentino Perez.
And when questioned about Benitez’s future at the Bernabeu ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, Wenger questioned talk that Benitez’s future was up for debate, saying Madrid would risk exposing themselves as “not serious” if they sacked him so soon into his reign.
When asked if he would consider taking over at Real Madrid, Wenger said: “No. I would just like to take this opportunity to support completely Rafa, who is an outstanding manager.
“It would not be serious to sack the manager after 12 [league] games.
“I hope he gets the support of the president. No one should bet on me to become the next [Real Madrid] manager.”