French coach Arsene Wenger denied Friday that he was rejected by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for the post of coach at Bayern Munich, as claimed by the German club on Thursday.
According to Bayern, Wenger called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to offer his services, and the chairman of the board of the big German club told him he was not interested. "It's a surprising story"said the 70-year-old Alsatian at the beIN Sports channel. According to his story, it's Rummenigge, looking for a coach since sacking Sunday Niko Kovac, who called Wednesday. "I could not take it, and out of politeness I called him back"says Wenger, "We spoke very little, four or five minutes, he told me he had given the team (provisionally to the assistant of Kovac" Hansi "Flick, Ed) and he asked me if it's me would eventually interest ". "I told him that I had not thought at all (…) and we agreed we would call you next week, that's it, the story is there".
This version contradicts a statement by Bayern, relayed Thursday by the daily Bild and later confirmed by the club to the agency SID. "Arsene Wenger called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to express his interest in the coaching position., said this statement, "FC Bayern appreciate Arsene Wenger for his coaching job at Arsenal, but he is not an option as FC Bayern Munich coach".
Wenger however emphasizes twice in his interview with beIN that "The success of this club has been built on (…) discretion". Noting that the historic leaders Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will soon withdraw, he states: "This club, which always knew how to do things by being very discreet, is today exposed to noises coming a little from all parts ". Bayern did not react Saturday morning.