Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed Arsene Wenger was very tempted by the idea of leaving Arsenal for the Bernabeu.
The Gunners boss readily admits that he has received a number of offers to leave north London during his 19 years in charge.
Real Madrid are one of several clubs who have been consistently accredited with an interest in the Frenchman. Having changed their manager 17 times since Wenger's arrival at Highbury in 1996, it was inevitable that they would eventually arrive at his doorstep.
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But despite the undisputable fact that Real Madrid are a bigger club than Arsenal, Wenger has never accepted an approach from Los Blancos. That doesn't mean he never peaked over the fence, however.
"He was talking to me about Real Madrid and, at that time, he was very interested in the club and what was happening"
Calderon, who was president of Real Madrid between 2006 and 2009, has revealed in detail how interested Wenger was in taking charge of the Spanish outfit.
"I imagine that anyone – be it a coach or a player – at some time in their career is interested in coming to a club like Real Madrid, especially when you have been at a club for 15 years, or however long, in England," Calderon said, according to The Evening Standard.
"He was talking to me about Real Madrid and, at that time, he was very interested in the club and what was happening.
"I remember he said: 'Are you going to Hollywood again, or to make a football team?' He meant are you going for film-star Galacticos or to make a proper football team."
Eventually, of course, Wenger rejected the offer and, despite heavy criticism from a large portion of Arsenal fans, remains in charge at the Emirates Stadium. Calderon says the longevity offered by the Premier League club could never be guaranteed by a club like Real Madrid.
"It’s something you have in England that is a very good thing," he added.
"You have it at Arsenal, you had at Manchester United [with Alex Ferguson], that the manager could stay at the club for a very long time." It’s impossible here."
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