Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he rejected the opportunity to work for Real Madrid and the England national team on several occasions, an exclusive beInSports interview with the manager reveals.
Wenger says he turned down Real Madrid’s offers “two or three” times during his 22-year long stay with the Gunners.
“Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know. It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal football club” added Wenger when reflecting back on his tenure with the North London club.
“You are always tempted to go to Real Madrid because they offered me the chance to take control of the whole club” (via beInSports)
The Frenchman was also linked with the vacant England job, but he was happy at Arsenal and quickly rejected the offer.
“I turned them (England) down two or three times. But at that time the daily involvement for me was important.“ (via beInSports)
However, it is thought Wenger would now consider taking over a national team if the opportunity arises, as he is reluctant to continue his career in club management after Arsenal.