'Wenger was our first choice,' admits PSG sporting director

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo has confirmed that the Ligue 1 side wanted Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as their new manager before they appointed Carlo Ancelotti last month.

The Paris giants’, who were taken over by new Qatari owners last summer, had been looking for an experienced manager since sacking Antoine Kombouare in December.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the spearhead of Qatar Sports Investments, made a ‘tentative enquiry’ over bringing Wenger to Parc des Princes last month but did not even receive a response from Arsenal officials.

“It was normal that for a project in France, when you are looking for a new manager, you think of a French coach”, Leonardo told French football TV show Telefoot.

“It is natural that the name of Arsene Wenger came into my head.”

Wenger, who after 14 years with Arsenal is already the club’s longest-serving manager, signed a new contract until 2014 almost two years.

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