Former Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini has made it known that he would relish the chance to take charge of Real Madrid.
Current Bernabeu boss Manuel Pellegrini has made a slow start to his Real reign and Mancini is making noises that he is ready to step in.
El Pais quoted the Italian as saying: "I am the best coach that Real Madrid could have. Every coach would be honoured to coach Real Madrid, I'm ready for a new challenge.
"I'm thankful for the attention I've received in the Spanish press, even though I've not telephoned any journalists and I've not issued any statements that were reported in the press.
"I'm ready for a new club and for a new challenge in Italy or abroad.
"Any coach would be honoured to be able to sit on the bench of such a prestigious club as Real Madrid."