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Notes & Quotes: November 9, 2018

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Wenger and Martinez deny links to Real managerial job and Roberto Carlos praises Vinicius again

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Arsene Wenger reveals Real have not approached him about becoming manager

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was interviewed by beIN Sports in regards to rumors about him potentially managing Real Madrid or even AC Milan. In regards to the Madrid links, he briefly denied them even being in contact.

“Real Madrid haven’t been in touch with me, so I haven’t been able to say no to them.”

Straight from the man himself, it appears as though Wenger is not a candidate for the managerial role if he is telling the truth. Wenger also revealed that he will assess his options in January, so even if Real were to come in contact with him it likely wouldn’t be until a couple months from now.

Personal opinion, keeping Solari around would be much better than going out of the way to hire Wenger with how Santi Solari has done in his first three matches as caretaker.

Roberto Martinez doesn’t want to speak about Real rumors

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez was asked in a press conference about reports linking him to being a candidate for Real manager. Unlike Wenger, Martinez didn’t deny the rumors directly but rather refused to talk about them.

“I don’t want to say whether I or my agent had contact with Real Madrid.”

“That is irrelevant and would be of little respect in the run-up to the matches against Switzerland and Iceland. That’s what we’re doing now.”

“I don’t want to talk about anything other than the matches against Switzerland and Iceland.”

“I’ve already said that here in two languages. Should I say it through body language, or sing a song?”

“My message will remain the same: the only thing that interests me today is the Belgium team.”

It seems Martinez was a bit frustrated with this question, understandably so as he is working to get Belgium prepared for another, upcoming international break next week. There’s nothing really credible that would suggest the Martinez interest is serious or if the club and him have even had contact.

For now, regarding both Wenger and Martinez, it’s best to keep Solari as manager past his interim tenure as he has had a very encouraging start. It’s honestly his job to lose at this point, and that is unlikely to change unless something drastic occurs.

Roberto Carlos predicts Vinicius for greatness yet again

Real Madrid and Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos backed his 18-year-old countryman Vinicius for a great career in a press conference.

“I always hope that the Brazilian players that come to Europe are among the best.”

“Vinicius is very young and left Flamengo already with a lot of experience. It was great for him to play against Plzen. He will make history in Real Madrid and in world football.”

“He is a modern player, able to dribble, responsible, consistent and complete.”

This is not the first time Carlos has recognized the talent of Vinicius nor the first time he has backed him to have a great future. Vinicius at least has the faith of one great, former player who believes he is destined to accomplish great things.