Real Madrid cruise Leonardo Jardim as Julen Lopetegui deputy – source

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Leonardo Jardim is underneath care by Real Madrid to be their subsequent permanent initial group coach, a source tighten to a former Monaco manager has told ESPN FC.

Jardim, 44, won a 2016-17 Ligue 1 pretension with Monaco and also guided them to that season’s Champions League semifinals, though was relieved of his duties final month after a bad start to a 2018-19 campaign.

Madrid are still looking for a permanent deputy for Julen Lopetegui, who was manager for 14 games during a Bernabeu. His 139 days in assign came to an finish following a 5-1 Clasico better during Barcelona.

Santiago Solari has been promoted to take halt assign of Madrid’s initial team, from his position as manager of a club’s Castilla girl side, and has won both games so distant — a 4-0 Copa del Rey feat during third tier Melilla, and 2-0 La Liga success during home to Valladolid.

La Liga manners state that Solari can't sojourn as proxy manager past a arriving general mangle — so he contingency possibly be reliable until a finish of a deteriorate during least, or a new permanent manager be appointed.

Other possibilities reportedly underneath care for a pursuit by Bernabeu trainer Florentino Perez embody ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and Tottenham trainer Mauricio Pochettino.

Jardim was lifted in Portugal and started his coaching career early in a almost veteran ranks. He has successful spells during Beira Mar, Braga and Sporting Lisbon on his CV, as good as 6 months during Greek bar Olympiakos.

However, Achraf Hakimi, who is on a two-year loan spell during Borussia Dortmund from Madrid and worked underneath Solari during Castilla, has pronounced a Argentine should be deliberate as a full-time candidate.

“I know Solari good and I’m happy he has been postulated a event to manager Real Madrid,” Achraf told Cadena Ser. “I consider he is competent to manager a initial group and he will gradually infer it.

“Solari brings a lot of power to a group and that is afterwards reflected on a pitch.”

Meanwhile, Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta sent his former Spain trainer Lopetegui a summary of support following his sacking by Madrid.

“I have had a really good attribute with Julen given he took over a inhabitant team,” Iniesta told Onda Cero. “He done me feel important.

“What happened during a World Cup, no one wanted it to happen. we sent him a summary a other day.”

ESPN FC’S Spain match Adriana Garcia also contributed to this report

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