Arsène Wenger has sensationally turned down the chance to take over at Bayern Munich, just hours after admitting he was set to hold talks with their CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge next week.

The former Arsenal manager has been without a job since stepping away from Arsenal in 2018, but Wenger's been heavily linked with a return to management ever since Niko Kovač's departure from Bavaria last week.

Wenger revealed in an interview with beIN Sports that he was due to hold talks with Rummenigge about the Bayern Munich job next week, but hours later the same outlet have made a one-eighty and are now claiming an offer to take over has been rejected.

beIN Sports haven't made it clear why Wenger has made such a sudden U-turn within a matter of hours, but it would now appear that Bayern will have to continue their search for a new permanent manager into the international break.

Rumours over Wenger's move to Bayern Munich have been contradicting each other throughout the last week, although it now appears that he won't be walking through the door anytime in the immediate future.

The Rekordmeister are already set for a major few weeks as club president Uli Hoeness, who has been at the club in one capacity or another for the last 49 years, prepares the step down on November 16.

Rummenigge, who made the initial approach to Wenger, will also be ending his time at Bayern Munich in 2021.

The club could now turn to the likes of José Mourinho or Massimiliano Allegri to become their next permanent manager, although as neither are ideal candidates it's looking increasingly likely that an interim boss will stay in charge until the summer.

That's because two of their top targets - Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax's Erik ten Hag - have ruled out leaving their respective clubs at least until the end of the season.

Current interim boss Hansi Flick will be in the dugout during Der Klassiker on Saturday.

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