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Wenger Launches Counterattack against Bayern Munich Claims

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7Dnews London

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:44 GMT

Arsenal ex-manager Arsene Wenger has refuted Bayern Munich's claims that he was turned down to replace the sacked Croatian coach Niko Kovac.

Kovac was sacked by the Bavarian giants' management after a humiliating 1-5 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday November 2nd in the Bundesliga.

Wenger was one of the nominated managers to take over Bayern Munich along with Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri. 

In a statement on Thursday November 7th, Bayern Munich claimed that Wenger offered himself to manage the German champions in a phone call with the club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern Munich said the new coach would be announced within three weeks, and assistant Hansi Flick was appointed interim boss for Wednesday's November 6th win over Olympiakos in the Uefa Champions League and Saturday's home league game against Dortmund.

Wenger rejected this story with a different account of what happened between him and Rummenigge.

"My name came out of nowhere. On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.

"We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he said that they had signed Flick as interim coach for the next two games. He asked me if I would be interested, because they were looking for a coach,” Wenger said..

Wenger said that he asked for a while to think about it and they agreed to talk again in the coming days to discuss the offer.

In a direct counterattack, Wenger said the future for Bayern Munich is uncertain and the big club has become vulnerable to rumours coming from all sides.”

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