‘I don’t have an agent… we decided we will talk next week’: Arsene Wenger claims he COULD still become next Bayern Munich manager – and has told club chief Karl-Heinze Rummenigge he wants time to think about offer
Arsene Wenger has revealed he could still be the next Bayern Munich manager, despite the German club reportedly turning him down.
The former Arsenal boss has been heavily linked with the vacancy following the departure of Niko Kovac last weekend.
But the Frenchman insists that talks are ongoing between him and the Bundesliga champions.
Arsene Wenger has revealed he could still be the next Bayern Munich manager
He insists that talks are still ongoing between himself and the Bavarian giants
He is keen to have more time to think about the offer as he ponders a return to club management for the first time since leaving Arsenal in May 2018.
‘First of all, I don’t have any agent, I am the only one involved in this story. Nobody can talk on my behalf’, he told beIN SPORTS.
‘Secondly, I have known Beckenbauer, Rummenigge and Hoeness for 40 years. The success of this club has been built on the exceptional competency, on the honesty, on the discretion and on the simplicity. We always told the truth between all of us when it was necessary.
‘What happened? My name came out from nowhere, without having anything with this.
Wenger has been linked with a return to management for the first time since leaving Arsenal
‘On Wednesday afternoon, Rummenigge called me, I could not answer at that moment, by politeness, I called him back. He was in his car going to the game against Olympiacos.
‘We discussed it for four to five minutes maximum, and he told me they had assigned Flick to be the coach, he will manage the two next games, because they will play Dortmund tomorrow.
‘He asked me if I would be interested because they are looking for a coach. I told him “I haven’t thought about it, I need some time to have a think about it”.
‘We decided together we will call us next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night.
Wenger claims that Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called him to discuss the job
‘This is the true story.
‘I think Bayern is actually at a turning point, because Hoeness, key man of this club, is leaving, Rummenigge will leave in one year, it seems that the future is uncertain, and this club which always managed stuff by being very discreet and direct, is today very exposed with rumour coming from everywhere.
‘For myself, I wish good luck to Bayern and for me the situation is resolved.’
German publication Bild reported on Thursday that Wenger called Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to signal his interest in the vacancy at the Allianz Arena but the Bayern chairman rejected his approach.