Ex-Italy international Marco Materazzi has revealed it would be his 'dream' to join Jose Mourinho's back-room staff if the Real Madrid boss is named Chelsea manager this summer, according to talkSPORT.
The retired centre-back won the treble at Inter Milan under Mourinho, and is looking for a route into coaching.
Mourinho left Inter for Real Madrid after winning the Champions League in the 2009-10 season, but he's set to leave the Bernabeu this summer after a difficult 12 months.
He's widely expected to leave for Chelsea, the club where he spent three-and-a-half successful years in the mid-2000s, winning the Premier League twice.
And Materazzi would love the opportunity to coach alongside his former-manager.
"I'd love to [be his assistant], it'd be a dream," said Materazzi. "In fact, you could call it an objective. I'd be working with the number one, so what could be better?
"Anyone who speaks ill of Mourinho just does it because of envy. I really liked his style of management, as he made us work a lot with the ball because he knows this sport is football.
"He always seeks success, as well as being an honest man. Honesty is one of the principle values in life, so why shouldn't it be in sport."
Materazzi and Mourinho shared a teary moment after their Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich, after it became clear the 'Special One' was set to leave for Real Madrid.
Mourinho won La Liga last year, but Real Madrid have failed to match their achievements this term. And it's been confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Although speculation has strongly linked him with a return to Chelsea, the appointment is not yet confirmed.