German goalkeeper has admitted that he had a chance to join Arsenal twice in the past, but he rejected it.
The 28-year-old keeper Rene Adler currently plays for the Bundesliga side Hamburg – which he joined last summer from Bayer Leverkusen. He revealed that the Gunners first tried to sign him when he was only 15 years old.
He rejected the offer then, and joined Leverkusen instead.
The keeper was again pursued by Arsene Wenger in 2005, but a deal was never finalized.
“When I was 15 there was the opportunity to move to Arsenal, but I decided to go to Leverkusen to get a professional contract there,” the German international said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“There was contact after the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands. I played against Lionel Messi and some other big names and there was contact with Arsenal.”
The keeper was again linked with Arsenal this summer as Wojciech Szczesny was said to be under-performing, but the German has revealed that he had no contact with Wenger during that period.
“There was no contact. It’s a big honour for me if a club like Arsenal are interested in me, but I’ve never talked with Arsene Wenger,” he added.
The Gunners are currently in top form, but they lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund on their Tuesday night Champion League fixture.
Written by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)