Arsene Wenger has revealed that he turned down the chance to manage Real Madrid ‘two or three times’ when he was Arsenal boss.
The Frenchman left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season after 22 years in charge, and has previously claimed that he rejected a number of advances from other clubs during that period.
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among the teams who made approaches, while Real Madrid apparently made numerous attempts to lure Wenger to LaLiga.
Now, Wenger has lifted the lid on just why he decided to stay with the Gunners, even revealing an England snub.
“Real Madrid, I think I turned them down two or three times. They are one of the teams I loved as a kid but I felt it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal,” he told beIN Sports.
“When we built the stadium, the banks asked me to commit for five years. The first time, it was inside the five years and I thought ‘I cannot do that’, it would be betraying my club.”
Wenger also turned down the chance to manage England after Euro 2000.
“The daily involvement was important for me and I felt that it should be an English guy that takes the England national team,” he added.
“It is a big football country and they have a lot of quality managers. I thought it wasn’t right for me. I said no once, twice. I turned so many clubs down, you wouldn’t believe it. But I was happy where I was aswell.”
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