Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has ruled out any chance of Arsene Wenger becoming their new sporting director.
Since ending his 22-year reign in charge of Arsenal last summer, Wenger has been out of work and spending some time travelling instead.
The Frenchman has already declared his plans to make a return to football at some point in the near future with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG having all been linked as potential destinations.
Recent reports had suggested that PSG held a meeting with Wenger to discuss replacing sporting director Antero Henrique, who allegedly has a difficult relationship with manager Thomas Tuchel due to the club’s lack of signings in the January transfer window.
But PSG chief Al-Khelaifi has now put his foot down on the rumours linking his friend Wenger with Henrique’s job.
“I have very good relations with Arsene,” Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien.
“I’m close to him and I’ve known him for a long time. He is a wonderful manager and coach. He has a very sharp and very complete knowledge of football.
“But we have a sports director, Antero Henrique, in whom I have great confidence.
“I hear the media constantly say that Arsene will come to take this job. It’s too much. Let us work, please.
“Antero does a very good job. He will continue with us. He stays there.”
Al-Khelaifi also moved to dismiss rumours linking Neymar and Kylian Mbappe with an exit from PSG due to their ongoing investigation by UEFA in regards to breaching the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Meanwhile, Wenger spoke in Monaco this week over his intentions to return to work once more after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Yes, I will work again,” he told CNN. “In what capacity, I don’t know.
“At the moment I haven’t decided that but I want to share my knowledge in some way. Where and with whom, I don’t know at the moment because with whom it is important for me. Where, as well.
“But I still haven’t lost my passion. I would even say my passion is very strong for my sport and that’s why I want to continue.”
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 23, 2019