According to Sky sources in Italy, Antonio Conte has been approached by Real Madrid, in order to become the new head coach of the Spanish club.
Conte is believed to be Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s first choice if current manager Julen Lopetegui is sacked. Most of the news outlets have already written Julen Lopetegui off as a dead man walking, and numerous names have been linked since then, who could replace the former Spanish national team coach. Italian newspaper, Corriere Dello Sport has reported that there was a phone call from Florentino Perez asking the Italian about his availability for taking the Madrid role should Lopetegui fail to impress in the upcoming fixtures.
However, Conte’s brother has recently poured cold water on the rumours by firmly assuring that there has been no contact from Real Madrid. When asked about the situation on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Conte’s brother Daniele said:
“Antonio is on holiday at the moment. He hasn’t received any phone call from Real. We can definitely say it’s a great club, but for now, there’s been no contact.”
The former Blues coach has been out of work since leaving Chelsea this summer. As reported by the Sky, the Italian manager rejected the chance to join the Los Blancos in the summer as he wanted to take a break from football following his acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge. Conte was replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri and since then the 49-year-old is pursuing additional compensation for the extra 55 days that was taken by Chelsea, claiming the delay cost him a top managerial job. In other relevant reports, Chelsea are thought to be owing Conte as much as £9.5m in compensation should the former Blues’ boss takes a managerial job in the coming months.
Sudden departures of Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo is understood to be the reason behind a torrid start to the season of the ‘All Whites’ and Conte has emerged as a prime target to replace the under-fire manager since then. Whether he will replace Lopetegui or not is still not clear, but the situation will be clearer after El Clasico.