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No Real Madrid deal for me: Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said he will not leave Arsenal to take over at Real Madrid following the Spanish giants’ elimination from the Champions League that is sure to see coach Manuel Pellegrini fired at the end of the season.

Last summer Madrid president Florentino Perez made a major play to persuade Wenger to take over as coach and having lost 2-1 on aggregate to Lyon this week, will surely target him again.

Wenger, however, said yesterday that he would see out his contract at Arsenal which runs to the summer of next year.

Wenger also said that he believed he could keep William Gallas at the club despite the French defender attracting interest from Roma who could get him on a Bosman free transfer when he comes out of contract in June.

Wenger said: “I am not concerned about Gallas leaving. We have not found an agreement yet. I meet his agents again next Thursday and we will try to find a solution.

“I do not know if he has spoken to Roma, but he is out of contract and can talk to whom he wants. I think he wants to stay here.”

And Wenger wants to stay too.

“I'm always going to the end of my contract, which finishes in 2011,” he said.

On the £250m Madrid spent last summer, Wenger said: “It doesn't buy you the Champions League necessarily, if you spend it every year you will get there.”

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