Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that the imminent return of Florentino Perez to the Bernabeu boardroom makes managing Real Madrid an attractive move for any coach this summer.
Wenger has been consistently linked with a move to los Blancos, despite spending 13 years in London, and it is believed that the Frenchman is near the top of Perez's list of replacements in the hot-seat.
Recently, Goal.com reported that he chose to deflect questions on his future in the press conference prior to the league match against Manchester United yesterday. (see story)
Now, French TV show Telefoot reports that Wenger has commented that with the lavish transfer kitty that is sure to be bestowed on whoever follows Juande Ramos as coach, any top boss worth their salt would be interested in the post.
He said, "With Florentino Perez in charge, it would be attractive to any coach. I would prefer to stay silent about this. Normally, I usually stay until the end my contract."
The 59-year old's current deal expires in 2010, and given his side's failure to win a trophy for the 4th season in succession, Wenger may be beginning to consider a move to pastures new.
He recently launched a stinging attack on the Arsenal support after sections of the stadium booed the players display in the Champions League defeat to Manchester United, and he is also likely to see his transfer budget drastically trimmed for the 2009-10 season.
Paul Macdonald, Goal.com