Arsene Wenger ‘leads shortlist to become new Rennes president’ 

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly the leading candidate to become the new president of Ligue 1 club Rennes.

Wenger was recently named FIFA’s new technical director but made it clear to football’s world governing body that he remains open to a role in club football.

The Frenchman has been linked with various managerial roles since departing Arsenal in 2018 but Rennes are keen to use his experience in a more senior role.

According to ESPN, Rennes’ wealthy owners, the Pinault family, who own global fashion brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, want him to become their new president.

Alongside that role, Wenger would also act as the club’s sporting director, meaning he would have complete control of the day to day running of the club off the pitch. 

The report claims Wenger is interested in discussing the role with the club’s owners, who he has met previously several years ago. 

Rennes announced on Friday that president Oliver Letang would be leaving the club with immediate effect but provide no detail behind his surprise exit. 

If Wenger does accept an offer from Rennes it would be his first role in club football since ending his 22-year reign as Arsenal boss. 

On Thursday it was reported that the Gunners want Wenger to return to the Emirates before the end of the season to attend a match and boost Mikel Arteta’s overhaul of the club. 

 

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