Italian 2006 World Cup winning boss Marcello Lippi has cooled speculation that he could replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
The Portuguese tactician is allegedly coming towards the end of his career at the Bernabeu with his team presently 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
And, according to whispers, former Real ace Zinedine Zidane – who worked under Lippi at Juventus – has advised Real chief Florentino Perez to consider appointing the current Guangzhou Evergrande Coach.
“It’s not true,” Lippi told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli on Thursday. “I don’t dislike being linked with a big club like Real Madrid, but there is nothing concrete.
“I don’t know what Zidane and Perez said to each other, I simply read about it in the papers,” continued the former Napoli and Inter tactician.
“But I have two more years on my contract in Guangzhou and I feel good there from all points of view. It hasn’t happened yet, but if there was a call, I’m still under contract.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!