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Conte ‘reluctant’ to take Real Madrid job — Calderon

Antonio Conte is “reluctant” to become Real Madrid boss, with the club unlikely to meet his demands, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

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The former Chelsea manager has been linked with the European champions – who sacked Julen Lopetegui after Sunday’s 5-1 defeat by Barcelona.

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“He’s asked for three years and to come in with five people and have hands free for signings and transfers,” Calderon told BBC Radio 5 live’s Football Daily Euro Leagues Show.

Real’s caretaker boss is reserve-team coach Santiago Solari, a former Real player.

His promotion is similar to that of Zinedine Zidane in 2016, although the Frenchman stepped up from the reserve team straight into the Real coach’s role on a permanent basis, and went on to lead them to a record three consecutive Champions Leagues before stepping down this summer.

“Nobody knows” whether former Argentina winger Solari, 42, will end up taking permanent charge, according to Calderon.

The ex-president says his first choice would be Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, the former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager, or Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

 


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