Arsene Wenger says he would be open to England job but not while contracted to Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he would be open to taking the England managerial job in the future but ruled out breaking his Arsenal contract to do so.

“Could I manage England, why not? I would never rule that out, but I am happy and focused in club football,” Wenger told BeIN Sports.

Wenger has long been a proponent of seeing out his contract, whether while his position is under fire or in response to speculation of other jobs. His current deal runs through next summer, with the latest extension coming in 2014. There were rumors he had signed a two-year extension this May, but Wenger shot those down.

“What I focus on is to respect my contract, and after to envisage what I will do after,” Wenger said in mid-May. “I can understand that people are interested in that, but that is not the most important thing. After [next season] I will see where I am personally and where the club stands at the end of my contract.”

While it’s feasible the FA could appoint a temporary manager until Wenger’s contract is up, that would be an enormous gamble. A lot can happen in a year, and there’s no guarantee the Frenchman would feel the same way next summer. Therefore, this all but eliminated him from contention at this time.