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Real Madrid: Top five Jose Mourinho replacements

Ancelotti has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu (©GettyImages)
Ancelotti has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu (©GettyImages).

“I want to be loved”. Those were the words of Jose Mourinho after their cruel exit from the Champions League to all but confirm his exit from Real Madrid in the summer.

The Special One has failed in his bid to land Madrid their tenth Champions League title and he seems to be heading back to Chelsea. Who could replace  Mourinho at Real Madrid?

Carlo Ancelotti | PSG

The Italian manager is a vastly successful and experienced manager. During his time at Milan, he led the Italian side to two Champions League trophies among other trophies. His time at Chelsea was successful as well with an historic domestic double in 2009/10.

He is now leading PSG to the Ligue 1 title this season and only missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals. According to The Sun, Real Madrid already have a deal in place to sign the Italian but nothing has been confirmed.

Michael Laudrup | Swansea

The former Real Madrid legend is another name linked to the managerial post at Madrid. According to a poll by Marca, Laudrup was voted third choice for the job by Real Madrid fans.

Looking at Swansea’s quick passing and movement into space, Real Madrid fans will be confident that Laudrup will encourage his players to play in the “right” way if he decides to join the London-based club.

Jürgen Klopp | Borussia Dortmund

After saying: “I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see” the German is only an outsider to sign with the Blues.

Klopp has been magnificent since taking over at Dortmund, leading them to two successive German league titles and a Champions League final after knocking out Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.

Klopp will bring an exciting brand of football and a winning mentality to Madrid if he joins them.

Jupp Heynckes | Bayern Munich

The 67-year-old has already led Real Madrid to a Champions League win back in 1997/98 and is a dark horse to return to the Bernabeu.

Bayern Munich have coasted through the league, are in the final of the German cup and demolished Barcelona to claim a place in Wembley, all under the guidance of the former Germany international.

Heynckes will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season at the helm of Bayern Munich and could well decide to return to Madrid. If he were to return, he would bring the necessary experience needed to help guide Real Madrid to their illustrious tenth title.

Andre Villas-Boas | Tottenham

The Portuguese is perhaps a surprise contender for the job. He has led Tottenham to fifth place in the league this season and the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The former Chelsea manager will probably be fondly remembered for his treble success with Porto.

His connection with Real Madrid’s target Gareth Bale could be a deciding factor for the Tottenham boss.

 

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