Bayern Munich have tried to lure Arsene Wenger to Bavaria on more than one occasion during his career, according to the Bundesliga club’s president Uli Hoeness.
But at each attempt, Wenger brushed aside Bayern, and incredibly even opted to move to Japan to coach Nagoya Grampus 8 instead.
"We did try to get him at Bayern Munich a few times," Hoeness said in the British press, according to Soccernet.
"Even before he went to Japan, Franz Beckenbauer and I went to Nice and discussed with him and everything was clear, but then at the end of the day he decided to go to Japan.
"We were very surprised. From Japan he went to Arsenal and over the years, whenever we were looking for a new coach, Wenger was always one we considered.
"He's a very serious person, very strong and has a very good idea about the game. There have been a few moments where we have discussed his name over the years.
"He has always remained loyal to Arsenal which is fantastic behaviour. But it is true we wanted him at Bayern a few times."
During this painful season, Wenger has insisted that his loyalty to Arsenal’s cause demands respect, and that when he leaves he will reveal just how many advances from other clubs he has spurned to remain first at Highbury, and the Emirates.
But it seems that in Bayern’s case at least, the beans have already been spilled.
Meanwhile, after successfully luring football’s hottest managerial commodity, Pep Guardiola, to the Allianz Arena, Bayern have zero regrets over Wenger’s numerous cold shoulders.
"One thing is clear. It's a giant signing for the Bundesliga that Pep Guardiola has signed for Bayern,” Hoeness crooned .
“He had a lot of offers. I don't think it's the best-paying club but he had the impression that the philosophy of this club fitted him."