Real Madrid have reportedly approached four managers to replace Carlo Ancelotti, including Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, revealed that Los Blancos approached four managers in Europe to replace their Italian boss in the hot-seat, with Jose Mourinho turning his former side down.
“Real have spoken to Julen Lopetegui at Porto, to Jürgen Klopp, to Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho,” he told Revista de La Liga.
“They have already spoken to those four to see if they would be interested in coaching Real Madrid.
“They have spoken to Jose Mourinho - he said no to them, of course.”
Balague went on to discuss the managers who were approached, saying it’s possibly too early for Zinedine Zidane to take charge of the first-team.
“Out of those four, Rafa is favoured by some but not others,” he added.
“Mourinho is favoured by some and not by others and Lopetegui is deemed as something for the future, but they have sounded out all of them.
“Klopp isn’t an automatic yes for the job, and it may be a little bit too early for Zinedine Zidane.
“There was a plan at the beginning of the season, but Real Madrid Castilla haven’t been doing too well so, again, there is doubt.”
There’s only one more game to go in La Liga, and with Barcelona having won the title, Real officially have no chance of lifting any major silverware this season.
Mourinho was in charge at Real from 2010 and 2013, where he won the La Liga once, the Cope del Rey and Supercopa de Espana, but seems happy at Chelsea.
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