- Arsene Wenger is definitely not desperate to return to football management
- The 71-year-old parted ways with Arsenal on mutual consent in the summer of 2018
- Wenger admitted that Champions League teams contacted him but he turned them down
Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down chances to manage Champions League teams due to his loyalty to Arsenal.
The 71-year-old managed the Gunners for over two decades before parting ways with them in the summer of 2018.
Despite winning three Premier Leagues and seven FA Cups, the Frenchman failed to win a European title for them.
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And two years after leaving the North Londoners, Wenger says he is open to returning to football management but insisted he is skeptical about the job. He told the Daily Mail:
"Yes, I’ve still got the desire to manage. I still think I can be useful somewhere else, that I can be efficient somewhere else.
"If the phone rings now, I would be tempted to say yes. I’ve said no before. It has rung. I’ve had offers. From big clubs, in the Champions League.
"But I was at the end of a love story of 22 years. It meant some suffering, some thinking, so I felt I needed time to reflect on what I did, what was right, what was wrong. I was stamped too much with Arsenal. It was like a grieving process.
The Frenchman who was part of the success story of the Emirates Stadium revealed the role he played when the match venue was being constructed.
"I built every stone of the training ground. I chose the plates, I chose the stairs. Everything inside.
"I was building every aspect of the technical area at the stadium with the architect, so much time there, too. And then, suddenly, you cannot go there anymore."
Wenger insisted that it would be difficult to see him take a job in England but elsewhere, he would consider it.
"In England, it’s difficult for me to go somewhere else. I’m stamped Arsenal and I want to stay like that. When I see an Arsenal shirt, to me that is “we”. But somewhere else? Maybe, I don’t know."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Arsene Wenger has described his relationship with Jose Mourinho as that of a 'Kindergarten' before his retirement.
The Frenchman was in charge of the North Londoners for over two decades - winning three Premier Leagues and other silverware.
He has since his retirement in 2018 embarked on developmental projects with the world football governing body, FIFA.
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