Inter manager Antonio Conte has revealed he once turned down an opportunity to lead Real Madrid.
The 51-year-old Italian manager made the confession in a press conference ahead of the Champions League (UCL) clash between the two clubs, early tomorrow morning.
Zinedine Zidane is in second season leading Madrid since being re-appointed in March 2019 following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and interim manager Santiago Solari.
“Of course, there are some opportunities for me to train Real Madrid in the past,” he said.
“By then the season had started so it was difficult to take over while the club was already setting their schedule, so I prefer to reject the application.
“Yes, it is true that there is an opportunity for me to act as Real Madrid manager, but that may not be the right time.”
When asked if he imagines himself as Madrid’s future coach, the former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea bosses said he is happy at Inter for now.
He added: “I want to continue the project at Inter. Now, I am very focused on Inter.
“I started the project here with very strong support, so I feel happy. We are building something important.”