Arsene Wenger says he has not been approached by Real Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  at Natural History Museum on October 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images for Leaders)
Image: Arsene Wenger says he is keen to return to management in 2019

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has not been approached by Real Madrid over their vacant managerial position.

Real Madrid Castilla manager Santiago Solari has been installed as the interim boss at the Santiago Bernabeu following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in October.

But newspaper reports in Spain claim the Champions League winners are in search of a long-term replacement.

Real Madrid caretaker manager Santiago Solari holds a press conference at the club's training facility
Image: Santiago Solari has guided Real Madrid to three consecutive wins since taking temporary charge

Wenger dismissed claims he has been contacted by Real Madrid and reiterated he would make a decision on his future in the new year.

"I haven't made any decision on my future yet," Wenger told beIN Sport.

"Do I go straight away into management again or not? To be honest Real Madrid have not come back to me so I have not had to turn them down.

"I take every problem when I have to face it and try to find a solution. At the moment I do not have that problem. I will decide in January what I will do."

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he expects to be working again in football in the new year, but he doesn't yet know where that will be.

The 69-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in the summer after 22 years at club, also described reports that he was set to take over AC Milan as "fake news".

Wenger recently told Sky Sports News that he was keen to return in 2019 but admitted it would be "odd" to work in England again after spending so long at Arsenal.

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