Real Madrid have reportedly identified Jose Mourinho has their first choice to replace manager Zinedine Zidane, if the Frenchman is sacked.
Zidane has found his second spell in charge of the Spanish giants difficult and has struggled to recapture the form that saw him lead his side to three Champions League titles in four years.
And a 1-0 defeat at Mallorca on Saturday saw Real lose top spot in La Liga to rivals Barcelona ahead of Tuesday’s European clash against Turkish side Galatasaray.
With Los Blancos yet to win in the Champions League this season following a draw with Club Brugge and a heavy defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, El Mundo (via SPORT ) reports that defeat in Istanbul could cause the club’s hierarchy to lose patience with Zidane.
And according to the Spanish publication, the Frenchman’s departure would open the door for Mourinho to make a return to the Bernabeu, with the former manager considered one of the leading alternatives.
The Portuguese coach spent three years at the club from 2010-2013, and has been out of work since his sacking by Man Utd in December.
It is also claimed that the former Chelsea boss is keen on a return to the Spanish capital and is ready to take up the role at short notice.
Meanwhile, Zidane has insisted he will not be affected by the growing pressure and speculation surrounding his job.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul, he said: “The past is in the past and football soon forgets about what you’ve achieved. That’s the way things are in life. The important thing is the here and now.
“I’m upset about what’s being said about me, but I can’t stop people from having their opinions. I have to give my all as coach, with my players, and think positively.
“I’ve been at the club for 18 years. We know where we are and that pressure will never go away. We’re aware of the situation and will keep going until the end.
“Our first aim is to get the three points tomorrow night. We know that it’s an important game and one in which we have to put points on the board, given how things stand in the group. I’m just focusing on tomorrow night’s game.”