Florentino Perez: Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Turned Down Real Madrid Role

Los Blancos' president admits the Spanish giants had planned to install the French tactician as their new head coach, but says Wenger would not be persuaded to leave the Gunners...
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that the Spanish giants had explored the possibility of appointing Arsene Wenger as head coach, but were unable to tempt him into leaving Arsenal.

Eventually, Chilean tactician Manuel Pellegrini arrived from fellow Primera Division outfit Villarreal to succeed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week.

However, it seems that speculation linking Wenger with a move to Los Blancos during May may not have been too wide of the mark.

Perez admits that he did make contact with the 59-year-old, but found that the French coach was wholly dedicated to helping the Gunners attain more silverware.

"From the beginning we have worked on two possibilities - Wenger and Pellegrini," Perez told L'Equipe.

"We have always been attracted by the Frenchman and we talked to him several times.

He didn't come because he feels very responsible about what has happened and what will happen at Arsenal. He didn't want to abandon the club that he has given such a lot to.

But as [director general Jorge] Valdano said: 'Pellegrini is the Wenger of Spanish football'."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com