Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that the club tried and failed to bring in Arsene Wenger during the mid-90s.
According to Sky Sports Rummenigge claims that Bayern made an approach to appoint Wenger as manager of the first-team before he moved to Nagoya Grampus in Japan, where he was in charge between 1995 and 1996.
The current German champions’ advances were duly rebuffed and they turned their attentions instead to Otto Rehhagel, the man who masterminded Greece’s successful Euro 2004 adventure.
Rummenigge reportedly said: "In England, there are many good coaches and I like Arsene.
"We were very close in the 1990s to signing him. He was managing Monaco. We were in discussions to bring him to Munich, but he decided to go to Tokyo."
Of course following Wenger’s spell in charge of Grampus he returned to Europe to take over the Gunners. Almost 18 years later he’s still in charge of the north London giants and will look to mastermind their Champions League last 16 first-leg fixture against Bayern tomorrow night.
Whether Wenger regrets snubbing the German giants in favour of his short stint in Tokyo remains unclear, but surely even he will accept that the current Bavarian side is one of - if not the - best side in the world.
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