Arsene Wenger Says He Turned Down England And Real Madrid To Remain At Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has admitted that he turned down one or two massive offers from clubs during his time at Arsenal.
The Frenchman said that he turned down massive opportunities - such as England and Real Madrid - 'two or three' times during his reign at the north London side.
Wenger said via BeIN Sports: "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."
"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.
"I turned so many clubs down you could believe it. At the end of the day, I was happy where I was as well."
Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge and, after agreeing to terminate his contract early at the Emirates, is now ready for a new challenge elsewhere.
Wherever he decides to go, however, he has claimed it won't be at an English club, with his connection with Arsenal meaning too much for him to play against them with another team.
Now Wenger has admitted that even the Football Association were after him for the England job during his lengthy time with Arsenal. And yet they were firmly rejected by Wenger.
This revelation speaks volumes of Wenger's connection with Arsenal. But finally, after over twenty years in the Gunners' dugout, he will now seek new ventures elsewhere.
His replacement, Unai Emery, was an outside choice for Arsenal, but his appointment has seemed a relatively popular decision with supporters.