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Report: Real Madrid's Five-Man Shortlist Before Appointing Lopetegui

LaLiga giants Real Madrid reportedly contacted these five managers before they eventually appointed Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane's successor.

Click through the gallery to see which three managers Los Blancos were interested in.

Lopetegui was confirmed as Los Blancos' new manager last month while he was still in charge of Spain, who eventually sacked him two days before the World Cup.

Despite Real announcing their new manager two weeks after Zidane's departure, it is believed that Lopetegui was not Florentino Perez's first choice.

According to Spanish publication AS, Perez had contacted Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann and Antonio Conte, who is now without a job after being sacked by Chelsea.

Pochettino was Perez's first choice to take over from Zidane, but the Argentine had just recently signed a new deal with Spurs.

Allgeri was another option but the Italian previously revealed he turned down Perez as he was happy with life in Italy, while Nagelsmann and Conte also rejected Real, with the latter seeking compensation from Chelsea, which he would not receive if had joined another club.

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In the end, Perez appointed for Lopetegui, who registered 16 wins and four draws during his time with the Spanish national side.

Do you think Lopetegui was the right choice for Real? Let us know in the comment section below.


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