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Arsene Wenger said his 'love story' with Arsenal was the reason behind him turning down an approach to take the Manchester United hotseat.
The legendary Gunners boss refused to reveal when United made an approach for him – although it is believed to have been around 2002 when his great rival Sir Alex Ferguson was considering retirement.
But while some of Europe's top clubs headhunted him during his time at Arsenal, Wenger insisted Manchester City never made a move.
The Frenchman, who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22 years in charge of Arsenal, was asked in an interview with FourFourTwo whether either of the Manchester clubs had either made a move for him.
“City never, United yes – I cannot tell you exactly when," Wenger said, adding that he never considered the United job.
“No, because I was at Arsenal,” he said. “You know, I had a real love story with Arsenal. My life is red and white.
"I felt when I came to the club that there was this special charm inside it.
"It was a good mixture between respect for tradition, respect for people, and not being scared to sometimes face unpopular judgements."
Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris-Saint Germain are all believed to have approached Wenger to manage them, as well as the England and France national teams.
Wenger, who is now Fifa's head of global football development, reckons he might have stayed too long at Arsenal, having left in 2008 – 14 years after the Gunners' most recent Premier League title win.
"Maybe I stayed too long… I don’t know," he said in quotes reported by The Sun.
"But I was committed like on the first day. I think I guided the club through the most difficult period in a very successful way.
"At some stage people say you’re too old, but they don’t really look at what you do. I served the club as much as I could."
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