Former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon has revealed that the Spanish giants tried to bring Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to Santiago Bernabeu several times and Wenger was also keen to take the managerial role at Los Blancos.
Calderon stated that they were keen to bring the French man to the dugout and could not as Wenger stayed loyal to Arsenal, but he also said that the French iconic manager would have been a huge success for the 10 time European champions.
“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,” said Calderon.
“Anyone working in any other industry would be interested in change. I think it’s a good idea to have a coach who has a long-term plan.”
“He was talking to me about Real Madrid and, at that time, he was very interested in the club and what was happening. I remember he said: “Are you going to Hollywood again, or to make a football team?” He meant are you going for film star Galacticos or to make a proper football team.”
“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.”
“In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid, fans and followers only want titles, trophies and championships. In England, it’s something they do well – to give the coach confidence and support. Get a good relationship between the club and the coach. Wenger is proof of that.”
“Things didn’t work out and he has clearly loved his time at Arsenal… Wenger … is respectful. You never see him in arguments. There might be occasions where he complains about referees but not in the way that Mourinho does.”
“He’s (Wenger) a very, very kind man. He is a wonderful manager, a really nice man and I am so pleased that he has been so successful, but I also think he would have been very good at Madrid. But Madrid is a very difficult club sometimes.”
“Look at Mourinho. He won one King’s Cup and was sacked, also. When I had Capello… he was successful, but the supporters were not happy with the way the team was playing and we had to sack him… They also had the problem with Mourinho.”
“Arsene Wenger is not that kind of coach. His team also tries to play in an attractive way for the spectator and for the people.”
Arsene Wenger is already a legend of world football and like a guardian for Arsenal fans giving his everything for the Gunners since 1996. Next year, he will mark his 20th season at Arsenal and when he takes a look back at his career at the North London side, he will be happy. The fans love him for what he has done. He won a lot of trophies in his career at Arsenal along with an invincible Premier League title. He managed to overcome the tough time for Arsenal financially but still he made them finish in top four every single season. Not every manager has the capability to do that.