Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Xabi Alonso to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, according to a report.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Perez has set his sights on the 37-year-old former Liverpool midfielder as the pressure increases on Zidane.
The report says Perez has told his relatives that the club made a mistake by letting Alonso, who was coaching their youth teams, leave for Real Sociedad in the summer.
Alonso came through the ranks at Soceidad and returned as boss of their B team, known as Sanse, signing a two-year deal in June.
“It’s a beautiful day and very special,” said Alonso in June. “Everything I’ve lived was born here, first in Sanse and then in the first team.”
Perez though wants the former midfielder back believing that Alonso will bring “character” and more “blackboard” (presumably tactical knowledge) to the Real dressing room.
Alonso is apparently seen as the preferred candidate to take over at the Bernabeu, above Raul, who is currently in charge of Real Madrid Castilla.
Zidane’s season has got off to poor start and Wednesday’s humiliating 3-0 Champions League defeat at PSG, which did not produce a shot on target for the Spanish side, has left the Frenchman under increasing pressure.
LaLiga draws with Valladolid and Villarreal have left Los Blancos off the pace in the league and after just six months back at the helm Zidane is in hot water with The Sun claiming Jose Mourinho is waiting in the wings.
Perez has always claimed he regrets the decision to let Mourinho go in 2013, but according to the report “the Real chief has retained relationships with Mourinho and his entourage and is believed to feel the Portuguese is the only man who can get the club back on an even keel”.