Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of taking over at Real Madrid, saying he is not planning to return to football until next year.
Tottenham’s Maurico Pochettino and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have been the two managers most strongly linked with the role, although it is now claimed Conte is out of the running.
Wenger has been tentatively linked with the role, having yet to make his return to management since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge.
But the 69-year-old has ruled himself out of the Los Blancos role, telling talkSPORT he is not looking to take another job until after the New Year.
Speaking at the launch of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein’s ‘Twinning Project’ initiative at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, Wenger said: “Look, I am not the Real Madrid manager, I am here today to support David Dein.
“Overall I don’t know what I will do next year, but I will be back in football and back in sport.
“I have huge experience and a huge desire to share what I know about the game and what is important in the game with people who need it.
“Where? I don’t know, but only in the New Year.”
Listen to Arsene Wenger’s response to links with the Real Madrid job above