Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said the club held talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after parting company with Fabio Capello.
But although Wenger was one of a number of high-profile coaches sounded out by Real, Calderon insists Getafe coach Bernd Schuster is the “logical” choice to succeed Capello at the Bernabeu.
Madrid are set to appoint a new coach next week following the Italian’s dismissal shortly after guiding the team to the Primera Liga title.
“Once we decided that Capello would not continue, [Madrid sporting director Predrag] Mijatovic underwent talks with Schuster, [Ronald] Koeman, [Michael] Laudrup and Wenger,” Calderon told the club’s official website, www.realmadrid.com.
Wenger’s future has been the subject of intense speculation since the departure of long-term boardroom friend David Dein and, more recently, star striker Thierry Henry to Barcelona.
But it is Schuster, who is under contract with Getafe for a further campaign but has reportedly freed himself from his current contract after Madrid reiterated they would not pay a transfer fee to sign a coach, who is in pole position.
“Schuster has told us that he has solved his situation with Getafe,” said Calderon. “I am not sure if on Monday he will be at Real Madrid.
“He has always been among the three or four coaches with whom we have spoken. It appears logical that he will be the next coach.
“We would have to negotiate his contract but it shouldn’t be a problem.”