Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from rumours linking him with the vacant Real Madrid post and says he will not make his managerial return until next year.
The Frenchman has been on a sabbatical since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season, though has intimated that he is looking to make a return in the near future.
Wenger is one of the names in the frame to succeed Julen Lopetegui at the Bernabeu after the Spaniard was axed earlier this week, but he played down those rumours.
‘Look, I am not the Real Madrid manager, I am here today to support David Dein,’ Wenger told talkSPORT at the launch of the Twinning Project initiative.
‘Overall I don’t know what I will do next year, but I will be back in football and back in sport.
‘I have huge experience and a huge desire to share what I know about the game and what is important in the game with people who need it.
‘Where? I don’t know, but only in the New Year.’
Wenger is extremely unlikely to return to England in his next job, however, with the Frenchman saying it would be strange to manage another Premier League side given his ties to Arsenal.
‘I said many times maybe the best way is not to be in England because I spent so much time at the same club it would seem odd to go somewhere else,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘But at the moment I cannot tell you [about my future] because I don’t know. I don’t know where I will be. I will be somewhere but I don’t know where.’