Spanish Football Expert Guillem Balague on BBC Radio 5 Live has revealed that former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is asking many things to take over from sacked Julen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui was sacked as Spain national team head coach and immediately took over from Zinedine Zidane in the summer.

However, the Spaniard, who failed to make his mark at the Santiago Bernabeu, is now sacked as Real Madrid boss.

Real Madrid Castilla boss Santiago Solari was immediately promoted to the senior team as caretaker manager.

The Spanish giants are looking for a long-term replacement manager with Antonio Conte, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho are all candidates for the job.

But Balague has revealed that the Italian boss is asking many things including the big salary that Real Madrid are not willing to pay.

“Antonio Conte is asking for so much. He is asking for two and a half years, asking to be a manager, asking for more money than Real Madrid are willing to pay. They are surprised this has not gone smoother. On Sunday, they were very optimistic Conte would replace Lopetegui.”

“Florentino Perez always asks the leaders of the dressing room about managerial decisions. When he got rid of Rafael Benitez, he asked Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos. He has asked Sergio Ramos this time and he doesn’t like the idea of Conte.”

“Fans will be underwhelmed for sure. Solari hasn’t impressed in the league, but what the fans don’t realise is every year he has been given a bunch of kids in the third tier, which is all about adults and being strong mentally and physically – and his players have not been.”

“But about 12 players from his team in the past two seasons now play in the first or second divisions. That means he is a good coach.”

“There is a lot of hope for him, but everyone feels it is a little bit too early – even the board.”

Real Madrid are back into action on Tuesday night as they visit Segunda División B side UD Melilla in their Copa del Rey showdown.

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