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Real Madrid reveals why its several talks failed to woo Wenger.

Byline: ANI

London, June 6(ANI): Spanish football giant Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez has revealed that he had held numerous talks with Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, as the Frenchman was his primary target to replace Juande Ramos at the Bernabeu stadium next season.

"From the beginning we have worked on two possibilities - Wenger and Pellegrini," The Sun quoted Floerntino Perez, as saying.

Perez was desperate to lure the Frenchman to Spain, but the Gunners manager turned down their offer in favour of staying at the Emirates stadium.

"We have always been attracted by the Frenchman and we talked to him several time. He didn't come because he feels very responsible about what has happened and what will happen at Arsenal. He didn't want to abandon the club that he has given such a lot to," Perez added.

Wenger would have been handed a five-year deal, which with bonuses for winning the Champions League and La Liga, would have added up to almost eight million pounds a year.

Meanwhile, Wenger's decision led to Madrid appointing Chilean tactician Manuel Pellegrini as their new coach. (ANI)

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