Arsene Wenger has rejected several opportunities to become Bayern Munich manager, according to the club’s president Uli Hoeness.
Admitting that the Bundesliga giants had tried to lure the Frenchman to Bavaria before he moved to Japan in 1995, the former German international also revealed that since moving to London Wenger has been a regular on their managerial shortlists; the last time seemingly in 2009 following the departure of Jurgen Klinsmann.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s visit to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday the man at the top of FC Hollywood’s hierarchy underlined that he was impressed with the Frenchman’s loyalty to the Gunners cause despite interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.
“We did try to get him at Bayern Munich a few times,” Hoeness told the Sun newspaper. “Even before he went to Japan, Franz Beckenbauer and I went to Nice and discussed with him and everything was clear, but then at the end of the day he decided to go to Japan.
“We were very surprised. From Japan he went to Arsenal and over the years, whenever we were looking for a new coach, Wenger was always one we considered.
“He’s a very serious person, very strong and has a very good idea about the game. There have been a few moments where we have discussed his name over the years.
“He has always remained loyal to Arsenal which is fantastic behaviour. But it is true we wanted him at Bayern a few times.”
Having just signed Pep Guardiola for the start of next season you suspect those pesky phone calls from unknown German numbers won’t be bothering the boss for a while.