Arsene Wenger rules out Real job

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of moving to Real Madrid.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of moving to Real Madrid. Wenger was named as one of the leading candidates to replace Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who was fired on Sunday. "It is an attractive job certainly to everyone who has no job," Wenger said yesterday, the day before Arsenal hosts Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League. "But, on the other hand, it looks to be not a stable job," Wenger added, referring to the fact that Madrid has changed coaches five times in 2 1/2 years. "When rotation within a club becomes too quick, that means the problem doesn't always lie with the manager, but somewhere else." Madrid fired Luxemburgo after he came under pressure from fans, who were unhappy that the star-studded team was playing poorly. Madrid lost 3-0 at home to Barcelona on November 19 to fall behind in the Spanish title race. Gunners going strong Although Arsenal is in fifth place and 14 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League, Wenger's team is going strong in the Champions League with five straight victories. "I'm under contract until 2008 and I always try to respect my contract," Wenger said. "That's not disrespectful to Real Madrid or anyone else, it's just my line of conduct. "I love Real Madrid as a club, they were the club of my childhood when they won the European Cup five times in five years. But I'm 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and I want to do the job well for as long as my contract lasts." His current deals ends in June 2008. (AP)

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