Wenger: Why I Rejected Real Madrid
Arsene Wenger: Why I Rejected Real Madrid
Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed why he snubbed the opportunity to manage Spanish giants Real Madrid not once, but two times.
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.
It remains uncertain as to what Wenger's next move is, but he did recently say he has had several job offers.
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