With Jose Mourinho expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, the Spanish giants will need to recruit a suitable replacement.

Here are three men who could be up to the challenge of managing one of the biggest clubs in the world:

Louis van Gaal | Current position: Netherlands head coach

Van Gaal is one of the longest-serving managers in world football today.

Currently managing the Dutch national side, Van Gaal usually prefers working with a club where he can monitor young talent carefully. Van Gaal has achieved unprecedented success in his managerial career, winning 19 trophies in total.

His most successful years were at Ajax, where he transformed the team into Europe's best in 1995. Real Madrid are a club with great history and Van Gaal wouldn't hesitate to make a move to the Bernabeu. 

Joachim Löw | Current position: Germany head coach

Another national team coach, Löw has an incredible record with Germany, winning 69% of his matches since 2006.

He wasn't very successful at club level but his best years were at Fenebarhce, where he won 29 of his 46 games as manager.

He has won three domestic trophies in his managerial career but he has achieved much more with the German national side, finishing third in two consecutive World Cups and reaching the final of Euro 2008.

Germany were arguably the best team at Euro 2012 but surprisingly got knocked out by Italy in the semis. Real Madrid would be the perfect destination for Löw, as two of his German midfielders, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, play for the club. 

Manuel Pellegrini | Current position: Malaga manager

He has managed Real Madrid before, leading them to an astounding points total of 96 in La Liga, but that still wasn't enough to wrestle back the title from Barcelona.

Pellegrini also managed Villarreal, who improved drastically under his leadership and became a consistent Champions League side. Pellegrini joined Malaga after leaving Real, inspiring the Andalusian club to a top-four finish.

This season they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and got knocked out due to two late goals by Borussia Dortmund. Pellegrini has helped improve many Spanish sides and, with seven domestic trophies, he could make a sensational return to Real Madrid.


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