Bayern Munich have rejected an offer from Arsène Wenger to be the club’s new manager.
That’s according to German outlet Bild, who report on Thursday evening that Wenger had expressed an interest in succeeding Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena but the Bundesliga champions will not be taking him up on his offer.
Kovac left the club by mutual consent following last Saturday’s shock 5-1 defeat away at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hansi Flick is currently in temporary charge while the club searches for a permanent appointment, and the 54-year-old oversaw Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Olympiacos.
Speaking in his role as a pundit for beIN SPORTS this week, Wenger revealed he would be open to holding talks about taking on the role.
“I’d never refuse to talk to Bayern Munich because I have known the people who lead the club for 30 years,” said the 70-year-old.
“I was nearly going to Bayern a long, long time ago. At the moment, that’s all I can say. At the moment, I haven’t talked to them at all.”
And now Bild report that Wenger did speak to the club but they have decided against hiring him.
“Arsène Wenger has called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and basically signalled interest in the coaching post at Bayern,” reads a Bayern statement given to Bild.
“Bayern appreciate Arsène Wenger very much for his work as a coach at Arsenal, but he is no option as a coach at FC Bayern Munich.”
Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2018/19 season and the Frenchman also admitted this week that he still isn’t sure whether he wants to return to coaching at this point in his life.
So it’s back to the drawing board for Bayern, who take on Borussia Dortmund in a huge Bundesliga clash at the weekend.