Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not return to management as he is set for senior Fifa role
ARSENE WENGER is finally “on the verge” of a return to football – but the ex-Arsenal manager will not be back in the dug-out.
The 69-year-old ended his 21-year stint in charge of the Gunners in May 2018 and has since kept himself busy with TV punditry work.
However, Goal are now reporting the Frenchman is close to accepting a new job – with Fifa.
Wenger is believed to taking up a new technical role with football’s governing body, and he will be responsible for the work done by the recently departed Zvonimir Boban.
The Croatian quit his job as Deputy Secretary General at Fifa in May to become Chief Football Officer at AC Milan.
Wenger’s experience within the game is viewed as a huge asset with today’s report stating Fifa are “keen to tap into his vast array of coaching expertise” to help continue developing future managers and players.
The Emirates legend, who led the North London side to three Premier League titles, has already been talking up his return to football.
And he told beIN Sports he plans to be at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Wenger said: “I could see myself working for a team.
“I will have enough time and distance with my last job [to give me perspective], and I would not be against that.
“I must say I always wanted to go to the World Cup because I felt it is the job of a manager to be where the best football players in the world play football.
“Hopefully, you will see me, touch wood, in Qatar in three years’ time.”