Real Madrid could turn to Jardim

By Jay Owler

Real Madrid are set to turn their attention to unemployed manager Leonardo Jardim as the European champions continue to search for a boss.

Los Blancos now have Santiago Solari in charge on a temporary basis, but the rules in La Liga state that they are required to make a permanent choice before their next league match against Eibar.

AS Monaco sacked Jardim after only one league win in nine matches, leaving Les Monegasques third from bottom in Ligue One.

Speaking after the 2-1 defeat to Rennes which ultimately cost him his job, Jardim said:

“I am grateful and proud to have been able to coach AS Monaco for more than four years.

“I have always given the best of myself and worked with passion.

“We have won great victories together, and I will always keep those memories in me.”

Jardim has gained many admirers for his achievements in his previous three seasons, especially the 2016-17 season, leading Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semi-finals.

The Mirror reported that the Portuguese tactician is also one of the favourites to replace Southampton boss Mark Hughes.

Saints have only scored one goal from open play all season, and The Mirror strongly speculates that if Southampton does not beat Watford on Saturday Hughes may face the sack.

However, it has been speculated that Jardim may have found work in China despite turning down the chance in the summer. “Clubs in China were prepared to cover me in gold.” he said.

Roberto Martinez and Antonio Conte are other possible candidates who remain strongly linked to take over at the Bernabeu.

Edited by Jacob Panons

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