Arsenal’s former coach says that he rejected Real Madrid’s offer twice.
revealed that he was a
fan when he was growing up and that the club was an inspiration to him.
“When I was a child, Real Madrid was my team,”
. “I grew up watching Di Stefano, Puskas, Kopa, Santamaria, Gento. They left me impressed. I liked Real Madrid and over the years I got to play against them.”
But despite being a Real Madrid fan as a child and knowing the club’s quality, the French manager says that he has rejected the offer to work with Real Madrid twice because he was committed to his project at
“I almost went to Real Madrid twice,”
. “There aren’t many who can say that, but I was involved in the project to build the new stadium that would replace Highbury and had to be financed.
“We paid for it all ourselves, we didn’t get help from anyone. We paid for it on the pitch by selling our most expensive players and buying cheap. That’s why I didn’t go to Madrid. I wanted to finish the project.”
The French head coach worked as Arsenal manager for 22 years and won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups and reached the UCL final in 2006.