Bundesliga: Arsene Wenger denies claim of being turned down for Bayern Munich coach, says his ‘name came out of nowehere’
Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach's job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.
Bayern Munich need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked with Hansi Flick appointed interim boss
Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had been turned down for the role of the head coach
Wenger rejected those version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking "rumours from everywhere".
Munich: Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach's job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.
Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday's win over Olympiakos and Saturday's home league game against Dortmund.
On Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down.
However, Wenger, 70, rejected those version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking "rumours from everywhere".
"My name came out of nowhere," said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports on Friday.
"On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.
"We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he reported that they signed Flick (as interim coach) for the next two games.
"He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach."
Wenger says he told Rummenigge that he would think about it and "we decided together" to talk again "next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story."
After a decade as Bayern's president, Uli Hoeness will step down on Friday and Wenger said Bayern are at a "turning point" with Rummenigge also set to quit as chairman within the coming year.
Between them, Hoeness and Rummenigge have helped grow Bayern into one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
"It seems that the future is uncertain" at Bayern, said Wenger who added that the German club had always been "very discreet and direct" in the past, "but today (they are) very exposed with rumours coming from everywhere".
Wenger wished Bayern "good luck" in finding a replacement for Kovac.
Other candidates for the vacancy, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax's Erik ten Hag, already made it clear last week that they will not join Bayern before at least the end of the season.
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The 72-year-old Frenchman won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year spell in charge of the London club, which ended in 2018
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