Bayern Munich have rejected Arsene Wenger's offer to become their new manager, replacing Niko Kovac.
It had been widely reported that the former Arsenal boss was keen to return to football with an interim spell at the helm of the Bundesliga champions.
Bild now state that the Bavarians are not considering the Frenchman despite him expressing an interest in a phonecall with the club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon.
"Arsene Wenger has called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and basically signalled interest in the coaching post at Bayern," reads a quote in the German publication.
"Bayern appreciate Arsène Wenger very much for his work as coach at Arsenal, but he is no option as a coach at Bayern Munich."
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Speaking in his role as a pundit on BeIN Sports in midweek, Wenger had said:
"Coaching is my life. Of course I'm interested."
Wenger's record of three league titles and seven FA Cups in England means he's still held in very high esteem on the continent - despite the Gunners' infamous beatings at the hands of Bayern.
For now, caretaker boss Hansi Flick - who oversaw a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos on Wednesday night in the Champions League - will remain in charge.
GIVEMESPORT'S Kat Lucas says:
Bayern could have done a lot worse than to appoint a coach so well-established as Wenger. The more Unai Emery struggles at Arsenal, the more sympathy his predecessor attracts.
However, it's possible that Bayern are seeking a more permanent solution to the void left by Kovac.
Last summer, with the exodus of top players like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, was all about looking to the future and as such, it is perhaps unsurprising that they have gone cold on Wenger, who would almost certainly have been a shorter-term fix.News Now - Sport News