Real Madrid news: Antonio Conte next manager update

REAL MADRID have not made contact with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte amid rumours that Julen Lopetegui’s sacking is imminent.

That’s according to the Italian manager’s brother, who says that the 49-year-old has not been called by Bernabeu bosses.

Conte is thought to be the number one target for the European champions should Lopetegui be sacked.
With Real facing fierce rivals Barcelona this weekend in El Clasico, rumours are circulating the the former Spain boss will be given his marching orders should they lose in the Nou Camp.
It has been revealed that sacking Lopetegui, who only took over the role in the summer after Zinedine Zidane’s exit, would cost Real £16m.

Conte appears the logistical next choice with the former Juventus coach the best qualified candidate currently out of work.
The Italian left Chelsea in the summer after two years at Stamford Bridge, where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup.
But his brother Daniele has provided an update on the situation.
“Antonio is on holiday at the moment,” he told Cadena Ser.

“He hasn’t received any phone call from Real. We can definitely say it’s a great club, but for now there’s been no contact.”
The club’s director of institutional relations, former Real striker Emilio Butragueño, said there would be no change ahead of the weekend. “Yes, yes, [we’re approaching that game] with absolute normality,” he said.
“In situations like this it is very important to stay calm, be united and trust in the players.”
Real, who have won the Champions League for the last three years running, have endured a torrid start to the new season under Lopetegui.

Victory over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday was their first in six in all competitions after suffering defeats to Sevilla, Levante, CSKA Moscow and Alaves in recent weeks.
The team sit seventh in La Liga and defeat to champions Barca this weekend would see them fall seven points behind their rivals already.
Lopetegui though appeared unmoved by the vote of confidence after the uninspiring 2-1 win over Plzen in midweek.
“That’s far from important,” he claimed. “What is important was winning the game today.
“The team had a great need for this triumph – their coach did too of course. We want to get out of these circumstances. You can’t change everything overnight but we hope this is a turning point.”