Leicester manager Claude Puel has opened up about his relationship with Arsene Wenger.
Puel worked under Wenger as a player at Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title before going on to become a manager himself.
Having spent seven years together at the same club, Wenger has unsurprisingly had a strong influence on Puel’s career.
“I knew Arsene Wenger for seven years, it’s a lot of time,” he said, as reported by the Daily Star.
“I keep a good relationship with him, a lot of respect because he’s a good man and a fantastic manager.
“Of course it’s important to work with different managers, but it’s important to keep our personality and character and just take information [from different managers] over my career.
“It was important to see different managers, different personalities, different systems, intensity of play.
“I know just one club when I was a professional player with 24 years at Monaco, my only club.”
Puel is also impressed with how Wenger handles himself during games and how he analyses a game afterwards.
“Arsene Wenger was one of the most important mangers for me because he set a good example on the pitch.
“I like how he analyses after a game, he can be on the bench nervous or furious, but five minutes after the game he gives a good analysis and has respect for all the people.”
Puel came to English football when he became Southampton manager last season, succeeding Dutchman Ronald Koeman.
Despite reaching the League Cup final and finishing a respectable eighth, he was sacked just a year into a three year contract.
He’s now in charge of Leicester following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare.
He has a big job to do, as Leicester are 14th in the table with just two wins to their name.
As a player, he played for Monaco between 1979 and 1996, amassing 488 appearances in the process.
He started his coaching career with Monaco, winning the Ligue 1 title before moving on to Lille, Lyon and Nice.
He lost both his games against Arsene Wenger last season, conceding four goals in the process.
The two won’t meet again until March.