Arsene Wenger has revealed he is tempted by a possible return to management at Bayern Munich and is willing to talk to the Bundesliga giants over replacing Niko Kovac.
The 70-year-old has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2018 but has turned down several job offers in favour of a break from the game following 22 years in north London.
It has been suggested that Wenger had agreed terms on a deal to join Fifa as technical director but as Standard Sport reported on Wednesday, the Frenchman has in fact been stalling on signing a contract for months as ponders one final managerial post.
Bayern won the domestic double in Germany last season but sacked Kovac on Monday following a 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt which leaves them languishing in fourth place in the Bundesliga, having won just five of their opening 10 matches.
Wenger is thought to be the frontrunner after Red Bull Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick ruled himself out of consideration and although there has not been any contact from Bayern as yet, he is open to discussing the vacancy as he decides his next move in the coming days.
“At the moment I have not spoken to them at all,” he told beIN SPORTS. “I never refuse to talk to Bayern Munich because I know the people who lead the club for 30 years. I was nearly going to Bayern a long time ago. At the moment that is all I can say.
“I just want to do what I like now. I have not decided if I have gone back on the pitch or not. I am quite happy what I am doing [but] I miss the pitch as well. It is a difficult decision for me at the moment. I will make that decision in the coming days or in the coming week.”
Wenger is enjoying his break from the game, taking the opportunity to engage in media work while also finally agreeing a deal to write his autobiography after years of rejecting offers.
However, he is a fluent German speaker and when asked what he admired about Bayern, Wenger said: “What I admire that they always try to play. They take responsibility to play. Bayern is always a team who played possession, they are not scared to say ‘yes we want the ball, yes we will take the game to the opponent and dominate the game’. Historically they did that. They have a history of a club who want to play positive football.”
Wenger previously revealed that he rejected the chance to manage other unnamed Premier League clubs since leaving Arsenal but believes he was “too linked” to the Gunners to accept.