Arsene Wenger to Real Madrid? It was close to happening, says former Whites chief

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Arsene Wenger is far and away the most tenured manager in the Premier League, and has given nearly his entire managerial career to Arsenal.

Apparently, that almost wasn’t the case.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that on numerous occasions the club tried to sign Wenger as its on-field boss.

“He was talking to me about Real Madrid and, at that time, he was very interested in the club and what was happening,” Calderon said.

“I imagine that anyone – be it a coach or a player – at some time in their career is interested in coming to a club like Real Madrid, especially when you have been at a club for fifteen years, or however long, in England.”

However, Calderon admitted what Wenger is doing at Arsenal is not only a dying breed, but would be impossible at a place like Madrid that turns over managers non-stop. It’s something you have in England that is a very good thing. You have it at Arsenal, you had at Manchester United, that the manager could stay at the club for a very long time. It’s impossible here.”

*Cough* Florentino Perez *cough*