Wenger denies Real interest and supports Benitez

The Gunners boss has given the former Liverpool manager his backing amidst rumours that the Spaniard may be sacked at the Santiago Bernabeu


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered his backing to under-pressure Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez and indicated he is not interested in taking over as head coach of the Blancos.

Following a solid start to his time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu this season, Benitez faced fury from the stands as bitter rivals Barcelona thrashed his team 4-0 in Saturday’s Clasico.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has called a press conference for Monday evening, where reports in Spain suggest he will offer Benitez a vote of confidence amid growing calls for him to be sacked.

Wenger holds Benitez in high regard having come up against him regularly during the Spaniard’s six-year stint as Liverpool manager.

The Frenchman said Madrid would expose themselves as “not serious” if they sack Benitez so soon into his tenure and stated he would be reluctant to work under similar conditions.


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When asked if he would consider taking over at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, Wenger said: “No. I would just like to take this opportunity to support completely Rafa, who is an outstanding manager.

“It would not be serious to sack the manager after 12 [league] games.

“I hope he gets the support of the president. No one should bet on me to become the next [Real Madrid] manager.”

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