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"I witnessed Wenger negotiating with Real Madrid in Italy"

The former president of PSG, Charles Villeneuve, spoke to Paris United about Los Blancos efforts to tempt Arsene Wenger to the Santiago Bernabéu.


From 2005 to 2011, before the arrival of Nasser Al Kheliafi and QSI, Paris Saint-Germain had seven different presidents. One of them was Charles Villeneuve, who led the club from 2008 to 2009. Now, the ex-president reveals in an interview with Paris United that Real Madrid wanted to sign Arsène Wenger as manager, and that he himself witnessed the negotiations.

Wenger for Madrid

"Two clubs have always wanted him as a coach. I attended a gym in Italy where Real Madrid were negotiating with him," says Villeneuve. "But he decided to stay in Arsenal." A friend of the Frenchman, Villeneuve did not clarify whther this happened during his time as PSG president (Wenger was at the Premier League club between 1996 and 2018).

Wenger | Back in the Gunners day
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Wenger | Back in the Gunners day

He added that Bayern Munich were very interested in his services: "After his time in Monaco, they [Bayern] totally wanted him, especially because Arsène is quadrilingual."

The same coach revealed last May that he had an impressive offer from Real Madrid in 2009, one that he refused as he couldn't betray his English club. Wenger also removed himself from the running recently as Los Blancos looked for a successor to Julen Lopetegui.


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