Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down the advances of Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer in order to continue building a team with style at the Emirates Stadium. The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu last month, with returning president Florentino Perez keen to have the 59-year-old spearhead his latest Galactico era, with Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo already recruited for more than £100 million.
While Gunners' fans were, for the first time during Wenger's 13-year tenure in England, beginning to grow frustrated with their manager's insistence on blooding young talent rather than signing experienced heads.
However, Wenger quickly quashed the reports, insisting he was going nowhere until the end of his current contract.
And he has now revealed that he decided to snub the 31-time la Liga champions' advances because he still firmly believes in his current project in North London of succeeding with hungry, young talented footballers.
“Real Madrid is a football-oriented show, but there is another dimension in this game: the success of building a team with a style, a knowledge, a culture of your own game at a club with young people,” he said.
“This project [at Arsenal] is in construction and I want to see it through to the end.
"My enjoyment comes from seeing us play football like that.”
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