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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 15:43 GMT
Wenger rules out Real Madrid move
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he will not quit to join Real Madrid.

Wenger had been touted, along with Liverpool's Rafael Benitez and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, as a possible successor to Wanderley Luxemburgo.

But he said: "I'm under contract until 2008 and I always try to respect that. That's not disrespectful to Real Madrid, it's just my line of conduct.

"It is an attractive job certainly to everyone who has no job. But it looks to be not a stable job"

He added: "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% committed to Arsenal and I want to do the job well for as long as my contract lasts."

Liverpool boss Benitez has distanced himself from reports linking him with The Bernabeu.

Benitez said: "I am happy at Liverpool. I have a job to do here."

He added: "I have said this in the past and now I have an important game in the Champions League against Chelsea on Tuesday to think about - and that is all that is on my mind.

"I certainly will not allow this speculation to disrupt my preparation for the game, but as I say, I am happy here at this club."

Other names in the frame include England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and Juventus boss Fabio Capello.

Mourinho also ruled himself out of a switch, saying: "I would not go if they called me.

"I have four more years at Chelsea and I hope to win enough trophies in that time to see out my contract and maybe longer."

Meanwhile, Real have announced that director of football Arrigo Sacchi will quit his role at the end of the year.

"Family considerations persuaded him to make this decision," said a Real statement of the 59-year-old Italian's decision.

The news of Sacchi's resignation came a day after the club sacked Luxemburgo, who is widely believed to have been appointed on the advice of the Italian.

However, Real claim Sacchi originally informed them of his decision to resign before the team's 3-0 defeat by Barcelona on 19 November.


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