Calderon claims Wenger talks
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
President Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid held talks with Arsene Wenger.Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that the Liga champions held talks with Arsene Wenger before deciding on Bernd Schuster as their new manager.
In the search for Fabio Capello's replacement at the Bernabeu, Getafe boss Schuster has emerged as Real's number one target and could be installed at the club next week.
However, Arsenal manager Wenger entered into the considerations of the Spanish titans and Calderon has revealed that Real sporting director Predrag Mijatovic held talks with the Frenchman - and the other names on the club's shortlist - after sealing Capello's fate.
Wenger's future in North London has been the subject of sustained debate since former vice-chairman David Dein's departure, but Real have now settled on Schuster and hope to appoint the German in the coming days.
"Once we decided that Capello would not continue, Mijatovic underwent talks with Schuster, [Ronald] Koeman, [Michael] Laudrup and Wenger," Calderon told the club's official website.
"Schuster has told us that he has solved his situation with Getafe. I am not sure if on Monday he will be at Real Madrid.
"He has always been among the three or four coaches with whom we have spoken. It appears logical that he will be the next coach.
"We would have to negotiate his contract but it shouldn't be a problem."
Arsenal have moved quickly to reject Calderon's claims saying the Frenchman is committed to the North London outfit.
"It is completely untrue. Arsene Wenger has not had talks with Real Madrid and is committed to Arsenal Football Club," said an Arsenal spokesperson
Real have also been in negotiations with Arsenal over the possible signing of Jose Antonio Reyes, who won Los Merengues the Spanish title with a brace on the final day of the season against Real Mallorca.
Madrid had initially appeared reluctant to sign Reyes on a permanent basis, but following Capello's departure their attitude has now changed and Calderon hopes a deal can be done.
"I think that with a new coach and with a new system Reyes could become an important player for this club," concluded Calderon.