Having departed from Arsenal after 22 years at the helm, it was expected that Arsene Wenger would go gently into the night.
A director’s position with PSG in his native France was mooted as a possible move, with another high-profile managerial post unlikely to arise for the three-time Premier League winner.
But Zinedine Zidane’s withdrawal from the Real Madrid job after their third consecutive Champions League win made speculation run rampant that the Galacticos may opt for the 68-year-old.
Whether through credibility or sheer hope, Wenger’s odds have tumbled on being the next Real Madrid boss, with the Frenchman now the 3/1 favourite.
However, an interview he conducted with Telefoot in France doesn’t say much for his chances of heading to the Bernabeu.
“It is a question I will have to answer in the next 15 days,” Wenger said. “I still have the desire to be a coach, yes.”
“Do I still have to desire to throw myself into a crazy challenge? I don’t know. It is a job that needs total commitment. I need to give myself a bit of space which I have never done. How much do I miss being a coach?
“How do I manage to live without this adrenaline which is part of being a coach and influencing a football match.”
A big job this summer looks out of the question given those comments, but if Wenger gets the itch, it may just be a case of biding his time until the right position comes along.