The Real Reason Antonio Conte Has Not Been Named Real Madrid Manager Yet
Antonio Conte is one of the clear frontrunners for the vacant managerial position at Real Madrid, but why have the Spanish club not signed him up after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui?
Apparently, Marca has reported that the former Chelsea boss has made two requests at Los Blancos and that has slowed down the process of his appointment.
The 49-year-old Italian wants the option for him to sign a centre-back to use in a three-man backline at Madrid, similar to the 3-5-2 formation that he would use during his time at Juventus and Chelsea.
Conte would also want to bring in another striker to the team, adding some more firepower to Madrid's attacking options.
Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was sacked as Madrid coach yesterday after the club suffered a humiliating 5-1 thrashing from Barcelona in El Clásico.
In the club's official statement, he would be "provisionally replaced" by Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Solari.
The 42-year-old Argentine manager's first match in charge of Los Blancos will be against Melilla in the Copa del Rey.
"The board of directors of Real Madrid FC [...] has agreed to terminate the contract that linked coach Julen Lopetegui with the club," reads the statement.
"This decision, adopted from the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable.
"The board of directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has 8 players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date."
Manchester United boss José Mourinho is one name floating around as the next Madrid coach, while Belgium manager Roberto Martínez has recently emerged as a strong contender.
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