ANTONIO CONTE could be set for a swift return to management with Real Madrid if they sack under-fire boss Julen Lopetegui – which would all but end their hopes of signing Eden Hazard.
Madrid have sounded out the ex-Chelsea boss to replace Lopetegui, should they dispense of his services after the club’s worst-ever start to a league season.
Antonio Conte could be set for a quick return to management with Real Madrid[/caption]
Hazard has admitted he would be ‘very happy’ if he joined the Spanish giants[/caption]
Lopetegui is clinging on to his job ahead of their Champions League showdown with Czech side Viktoria Plzen, with a huge upturn in results needed if he is to hold onto his job.
Lopetegui has vowed to fight on and recently said: “Results haven’t been great but we are going to turn this around.
“What I’ve learned about this club is to fight, that is the DNA of this club.
“That’s what we’re going to do, fight, both the players and the coaching staff.”
Julen Lopetegui is clinging on to his job at Real Madrid after a dreadful start to the season[/caption]
Conte, who won the Premier League during an indifferent two-year spell in west London, would require a long-term contract though – something Real are unsure on giving at this time.
Madrid remain keen on Belgian ace Hazard, who said he would be ‘very happy’ if he signed for the Spanish giants, but the potential of that happening would be very low if Conte was given the reins.
The pair endured a difficult relationship during their time together at Stamford Bridge, with Conte struggling to get the best out of the 27-year-old.
In addition to that Conte’s severance package could be affected should he make the move to Spain, after he left the Blues last summer with one year left on his £9m-a-year deal.
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