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Conte is planning to return to management in 2019.

Antonio Conte has replied to Sergio Ramos' warning to him over Real Madrid job

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Santiago Solari has seemingly done enough as Real Madrid's interim boss to be given the job on a permanent basis.

The Argentine has already won as many league games as Julen Lopetegui managed in his all-too-short reign at the Bernabeu.

At one end of the pitch, he has injected a new lease of life into Karim Benzema, who has scored four goals in as many matches under the new coach.

Meanwhile, at the other, he has stopped the European champions from leaking goals, ironing out errors from the usually reliable Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos.

Ramos has also scored two ever-so-cool Panenka penalties in that period, but it is not only on the pitch that the centre-back has the power to shape the fortunes of Real managers.

The Spanish international made it abundantly clear, when questioned, that he would not welcome the appointment of Antonio Conte.

After a 5-1 mauling in El Clasico spelled the end for Lopetegui, Ramos hit out at the Italian's supposedly authoritarian methods.

"Respect is won, it's not imposed," he said.

Ramos publicly opposed Conte's appointment

"We've won titles, and team management is more important than the knowledge of a coach."

Those views matter little now, as Conte has confirmed he will not be taking a new job until the end of the season and Florentino Perez is on the verge of appointing Solari.

CONTE RESPONDS

However, Ramos' comments evidently struck a nerve with Conte and he has now responded.

"Ramos' words? When a coach arrives at a team he must bring education and respect, something that he would expect from the players too," he told Rai Sport, per Marca.

"When this goes wrong, the problems begin. We Italian coaches have a great culture of work and when you join a new club you can't change everything, you must try and do it very gradually.

Conte has been out of work since leaving Chelsea

"Each coach must be a good tailor and adapt their beliefs to the human material that they have at their disposal.

"But I've got nothing to say about Real and Ramos - my history speaks for itself, both as a footballer and as a coach, and in general, it's a winning story, so I don't have to reply to anybody."

It was widely reported at the time that Ramos' dissent towards him played a role in convincing Conte to withdraw from talks, particularly once it became clear he would not have full control over transfers anyway.

The 2016/17 Premier League title winner ought to have no shortage of offers when he does return to the game. He has been heavily linked with Manchester United.

Former Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois had expressed similar reservations to Ramos. Madrid was quite clearly not the right fit, at least at this present moment in time. 

Do you think Conte would have been a good appointment? Have your say in the comments.

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Julen Lopetegui
Antonio Conte
Sergio Ramos
Karim Benzema
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