Wenger explains why he turned down Real Madrid twice.

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Arsene Wenger, the legendary Arsenal manager, has said that he turned down the opportunity to coach Real Madrid twice.

During his time at Emirates, the Frenchman was interested in a scheme to construct a new stadium to replace Highbury.

Wenger said that he was proud of his decision to turn down Real Madrid because it demonstrated dedication and allegiance.

“When I was a kid, Real Madrid was my team,” Wenger told EFE.

“I grew up watching [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Ferenc] Puskas, [Raymond] Kopa, Santamaria, [Paco] Gento… They made an impression on me.

“I liked Real Madrid, and with the passing of time, I ended up facing them.”

“I almost went to Real Madrid on two occasions. Not many people can say that” he added.

“But I was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would replace Highbury, and we had to finance it.

“We paid for it all ourselves. No one helped us. We paid for it on the pitch and by selling players high and buying them cheap.

“That’s why I didn’t go to Real Madrid. I wanted to finish that project.

“I rejected some of the best teams in Europe, and now I’m quite proud of that because I showed commitment, loyalty and that I can get to the end of a project.

“I didn’t look for immediate glory, I went for something deeper. In life, you can only do what you think is right. That’s my character.

“I don’t know if I made the right choices, but I did what I wanted to do.”


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