Arsene Wenger was once 'very interested' in leaving Arsenal to take over at Real Madrid, according to the Spanish club's former president, Ramon Calderon.
Wenger has managed the Gunners since 1996, but has been linked with a move to Madrid several times during his tenure.
Calderon said: 'I imagine that anyone – be it a coach or a player – at some time in their career is interested in coming to a club like Real Madrid, especially when you have been at a club for 15 years, or however long, in England.'
He added: 'Anyone working in any other industry would be interested in change. I think it's a good idea to have a coach who has a long-term plan.
'He was talking to me about Real Madrid and, at that time, he was very interested in the club and what was happening' he stated.
While Wenger's record as Arsenal remains unmatched - his trophy haul of three Premier League titles, including one unbeaten, six FA Cups, six community shields and a run to the 2006 Champions League final outstrips the achievements of any of his predecessors - the current opinion of the club's fans on their manager is divided.
Although Arsenal have lifted the FA Cup twice in the last two seasons, some fans feel that there is mitigation for disappointment in the failure to finish in the Premier League's top two since 2005.