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Wenger: Why I Rejected Real Madrid

Arsene Wenger: Why I Rejected Real Madrid

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 23, 2018 09:30 AM @KurtLaduma

Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed why he snubbed the opportunity to manage Spanish giants Real Madrid not once, but two times.

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Not long after Arsenal moved from Highbury to Emirates Stadium in 2006, the Frenchman claimed he was approached by the LaLiga outfit to take over as manager and have complete control of the club.

Wenger, who ended up rejecting Real's advances on a number of occasions, believes that leaving Arsenal would have been a betrayal, especially as he had made a promise to stay at the Gunners.

"When we built the stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years, the first time (Real Madrid called) it was inside the five years and I thought, 'no I could not do that, that would betray my club'," he told beIN SPORTS.

"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.

"You are always tempted to go to Real Madrid because they offered me the chance to take control of the whole club.

"At the end of the day, I said no once, twice. I turned so many clubs down you could believe it. At the end of the day, I was happy where I was as well."

Despite the 68-year-old suggesting that many teams wanted him as manager, he always stayed faithful to Arsenal, the helm of which he occupied for 22 years.

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It remains uncertain as to what Wenger's next move is, but he did recently say he has had several job offers.

Do you think Wenger might regret rejecting Real? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Izec247 Joined: 08 May 2012
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Izec247 May 23, 2018 09:16 PM
You did Real Madrid a big favour by saying no. Real Madrid would have been an average mid table team like Arsenal.
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Warras4phefeni May 23, 2018 11:09 AM
Even the Management of Arsenal believed in you.
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Matome_Kay May 23, 2018 10:34 AM
I thank God Arsene Wenger rejected Real Madrid, or else we'd have been a laughing stock of Spanish and European football. Imagine going over 10 years without a league title? We wouldn't have had peace with FC Barcelona.

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