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Ancelotti in line to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

Real Madrid could see the return of Carlo Ancelotti if current manager Zinedine Zidane is sacked, per Daily Express.

Los Blancos are already currently in fourth in La Liga, eight points behind league leaders and rivals Barcelona, despite being just 14 games into the season.

Zidane is under pressure to get his side performing, having won the title last season, along with the last two editions of the Champions League after being promoted from the Castilla in 2016.

Meteoric rise at Real

The Frenchman has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a manager, winning seven trophies in just two years as Real boss.

He was awarded FIFA’s Coach of the Year award in October for his side’s amazing form, but this campaign has not followed suit.

Defeats to Girona and Real Betis have dented their title defences, while draws against Levante and Valencia meant it took them until October to get their first home win of season.

They now sit below surprise package Valencia and cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid, along with Barca, in the table and recent performances have not given the board any sign that things are going to turn around.

Zizou on way out?

Getting rid of Zidane would seem daft, considering his pedigree at the club and success over the last two years, but Real Madrid are a club that demand trophies every season.

In line to replace him is former Los Blancos boss Ancelotti, who guided the Spanish capital club to the La Decima, their 10th European Cup title.

The Italian is currently a free agent, following his sacking at Bayern Munich in September, but has fuelled speculation of a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal reporting he has rejected calls to take over at Italy and World Cup-bound Australia, instead favouring club football.

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