Arsene Wenger has denied that he is in advanced talks to take over from Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan in January, describing the stories as ‘fake news’.
The Frenchman has been out of work for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, having left Arsenal back in May.
He recently announced that he expected to be back in work on January 1st, and has been linked with a number of jobs in football, either in management or in a more senior role as a director.
However, earlier this week, there were widespread rumours that suggested that the 69-year-old was in advanced talks with Serie A giants AC Milan to replace manager Gennaro Gatusso, after a difficult start to the season for Italian side.
While the links may have seemed slightly surprising at first glance, the presence of former Arsenal chief exec Ivan Gazidis and the recent appointment of former Gunners scout Giles Grimandi added a little credence to the speculation.
However, Wenger has distanced himself from those rumours, describing it as ‘fake news’:
“The only thing I can say is: It’s fake news!” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“If I would sign somewhere I would tell you. It’s the wrong news.
“I cannot master the rumours. I can only master what I do in my life.”