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Arsenal legend claims he turned down chance to become Real Madrid manager

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Former Arsenal manager and club legend Arsene Wenger has claimed that he had a chance to coach Real Madrid in the past but he turned it down.

Regarded as one of the greatest managers in the modern era, Wenger spent almost his entire career at Arsenal, having been at the club for 22 years between 1996 and 2018.

During this time, Wenger had been approached by other clubs, but he remained at Arsenal until retirement.

Now, the Frenchman, who works as the Director of Development for FIFA, has revealed that one of the clubs who approached him were Real Madrid, but he turned down their approach.

Apart from Real Madrid, the legendary Frenchman also confirmed to have turned down overtures from clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus while also rejecting approaches from France and England national teams.

“I turned Real Madrid down, I turned Juventus down, I turned Paris Saint-Germain down,” Wenger told beIn Sports.

“I turned the English national team down, the French national team down. At the end of the day, I believe that I did what was important to me in my life. After, you have to let people judge what you do. I was in a public job, but my conscience was clear and my way to act and to behave was clear.”

It is unclear when Real Madrid made an approach to try and hire Wenger, but things did not work out for the Merengues in their bid to appoint the Frenchman.

The former Arsenal manager spoke about Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Manchester City before the first leg and claimed that the Premier League side had an advantage.

With the tie poised at 1-1 after the first leg, it remains to be seen if Wenger’s prediction comes true or whether Real Madrid can progress to the finals.

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender

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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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