Zidane & Mourinho: Real’s options to replace Solari

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Zinedine Zidane has been approached by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez about a possible return to the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax with a humiliating 4-1 defeat and 5-3 on aggregate.

The French manager led Real to three consecutive Champions League titles including a La Liga triumph during his over two and half-year spell with the club.

According to Marca, Perez the decision to contact Zidane was made after the Ajax game. The Bernabeu chief apparently believes Zidane would be open to returning, while Marca quotes an authoritative voice, stating: “The circumstances for a possible return have changed, don’t dismiss it”.

Former president Ramon Calderon told BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday that he knew Perez had called Zidane that morning and the door wasn’t closed. “I know that this morning the president called Zidane to ask him back, he said not now. He has left open the possibility of coming back in June”, Calderon revealed.

Mou: the alternative way 

 Jose Mourinho is expected to be offered the chance to become the new coach of Real Madrid. Sources have told Telegraph Sport that the club is “almost 100 per cent” sure it can bring back Mourinho, who left in 2013, after three years at the Bernabéu, to return to Chelsea.

Mourinho’s first tenure as Madrid boss came to an unhappy end in 2013 after a series of fall-outs with senior players, most notably with captain Iker Casillas. Despite that, there are reports that president Perez remains a fan of the Portuguese, with some sections of the media and fans advocating for him to be brought back into the fold.

Real fans chanted for Mourinho after the Ajax game and, tellingly, he told the Spanish TV station El Chiringuito: “I am proud of that, but Real Madrid have a manager. Obviously it’s a reason to be proud, but nothing more than that”.

“There has been nothing [between me and the club] – not even the minimum contact. I haven’t done that [spoken to the players or the president]. Like you say, there are rumours. But rumours in football are bad”.