“Not many people turn down Real Madrid twice”

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FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger claims to have no regrets when it comes to his decision to snub one of the world top clubs Real Madrid on two occasions during a memorable 22-year reign at Arsenal.

Wenger won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups as head coach at the ‘Gunners’.

As a result, Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United came knocking for Wenger’s services but the Frenchman, who created history with Arsenal by concluding the 2003/04 season unbeaten rejected all the offers and remained loyal to the English club.

“You do not know many people who turned them [Madrid] down twice. And it was to stay with a team which doesn’t have the resources to win the championship,” said Wenger in an interview with BBC Sport on Tuesday.

“But I told myself if I was going to go for the challenge of managing Arsenal, I would go until the end.

“You have different types of managers. I was the longest-serving manager at Monaco and the longest-serving manager at Arsenal – so it’s part of my personality,” he added.

Despite a glittering career, Wenger does have regrets as he admits that he does sit and wonder: ‘What if?’

“Of course, I think what if, for example, Cristiano Ronaldo played with Thierry Henry, [Robert] Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord and [Dennis Bergkamp]. Maybe we score 200 goals in a season!

“You regret sometimes, you think it’s your fault that you didn’t decide quickly enough or sometimes financially you couldn’t agree quickly enough, but overall I must say you go to Chelsea, you go to Manchester United, you go to Liverpool… every club is full of stories like this,” concluded Wenger.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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