Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he turned down the chance to take over at Real Madrid last summer.

Real targeted the Frenchman to take over at El Santiago Bernabeu last summer following the dismissal of Vicente Del Bosque.

Wenger declined the offer, opting to stay at Highbury claiming that the Madrid hot-seat did not have enough “spice” for him to leave Highbury.

“I refused Real because, on the playing front, the project lacked a bit of spice,” Wenger told the Sun.

“Also, becoming a national coach does not interest me. What does, is trying to win the Champions League against 20 clubs -Ê18 of which have bigger budget

Real went for former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz as their new manager after missing out on Wenger.