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Arsene wenger, former coach of Arsenal, assured that he rejected the Real Madrid during his time in the English team, although he knew he was in a club without resources to win the championship.
The French coach gave an interview to the BBC in which he talked about the clubs he refused to coach during the years he spent on the team Highbury and named Real Madrid as the one that was closest to signing him.
“Surely Real Madrid, because you don’t know many people who have rejected them twice. And it was to stay in a team that didn’t have the resources to win the championship. I told myself if I was going to take on the challenge of directing to Arsenal, I would do it to the end, “Wenger explained.
Cristiano in his Arsenal
On which players he would have liked to sign during his time at Arsenal, Wenger chose Cristiano Ronaldo and said that if he had played with Thierry Henry, Piraeus, Wiltord Y Bergkamp they might have scored more than 200 goals in one season.
Wenger has also spoken at The Guardian and he spoke about Cristiano not signing: “I think the one who was closest was Cristiano Ronaldo, when he went to United. We had an agreement with Sporting and United signed Queiroz as assistant, they quickly exceeded our bid and took Cristiano away Basically, we already had an agreement. He had the Arsenal shirt on and I was having lunch with him and his mother at the sports complex.
In addition, Wenger also recalled in BBC who invited a young man Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a test with Arsenal, although he later decided not to sign him.
“I don’t regret it because I was a 17-year-old boy who played for Malmoe in the second division in Sweden and nobody knew him. We gave players like him a lot of chances and it was completely normal before we made a decision,” he said.
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