Arsene Wenger has reportedly received an offer to manage Chinese side, Shandong Luneng, which would see him earn €613k-a-week, making him the highest paid manager in world football.
Speaking after the game against Manchester United on Sunday, the Arsenal boss seemed to hint at taking some time off when he finishes with Arsenal this summer.
“I don’t know, honestly,” Wenger said when asked if he would face up to Mourinho again.
“First of all he [Mourinho] will be at Manchester United next year certainly and I don’t know where I will be. I have worked at a top level for 35 years without any interruption and I think I am the only one in the world who has done that.
Shandong Luneng were founded in 1998, four months before Arsene Wenger sealed his first league and cup double with Arsenal. They are currently second in the Chinese Super League, one point behind leaders, Shanghai. Shandong are currently managed by Xiapeng Li. The 42-year-old has been in charge since December.
“So at the moment I am a bit in unknown territory. I don’t know where I will go from here. Will I take a break? So I would be surprised if I meet him next year.”
Some papers on Monday morning seemed surprised that Wenger would not be in charge of another Premier League side next season but it always seemed highly unlikely that he would manage in England again, such is his connection with Arsenal.
It’s also not beyond the realms that the manager, who came to Arsenal from Japan, would consider taking on a job in China where he could, once again, help transform the game in a new nation.
But the smart money will be on Arsene being convinced to take a break, for the sake of his own mental health, before he returns to manage somewhere in Europe.