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Arsene Wenger to hold talks with Bayern Munich next week

Wenger to hold talks with Bayern next week
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Arsene Wenger confirms that he will hold talks with Bayern Munich next week over the prospect of becoming the club's permanent manager.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will hold talks with Bayern Munich next week over the prospect of becoming the club's permanent manager.

The role at the Allianz Arena became vacant on Sunday after the club dispensed with Niko Kovac in the wake of Bayern's 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Wenger had offered himself up for the job, only to be told that Bayern were not interested in him.

Reacting to reports linking him with Bayern, Wenger told beIN Sports: "What happened? My name came out from nowhere, without having anything with this.

"On Wednesday afternoon, Rummenigge called me, I could not answer at that moment, by politeness, I called him back. He was in his car going to the game against Olympiacos.

"We talked for four to five minutes maximum, and he told me they had assigned Flick to be the coach, he will manage the two next games, because they will play Dortmund tomorrow. He asked me if I would be interested because they are looking for a coach. I told him 'I haven't thought about it, I need some time to have a think about it'.

"We decided together we will talk next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story."

Wenger, who managed Arsenal for a 22-year period between 1996 and 2018, has been out of work since leaving his post at the Emirates.

Jose Mourinho and Ralf Rangnick have also been mentioned as potential candidates to succeed Kovac in Bavaria.

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