Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has ruled himself out of the Real Madrid job amid reports of the club’s interest in rehiring Jose Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.
Conte has been jobless since he made way for Maurizio Sarri over the summer, while Mourinho, a nemesis of the Italian for two years, looks likely to suffer a similar fate at some point this season.
Both managers have been linked with the vacant hot-seat at the Bernabeu following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui after just 14 games in charge.
But according to sources at Sky, Conte, something of a frontrunner for the job, has ruled himself out of contention, increasing the chances of the Champions League winners moving for Mourinho instead.
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The 55-year-old made it clear last week that he was entirely focused on managing Manchester United, even insisting he would like to stay beyond his current contract, which expires in 2021 if the club activates an extra year.
Real did not wait to pull the plug on Lopetegui as soon as it became clear that things were awry. The same is unlikely to happen at Old Trafford. If it does, however, then suddenly the idea of club president Florentino Perez signing up Mourinho doesn’t seem so far-fetched.