Antonio Conte will be the next Real Madrid manager. The club have already made the decision to sack Julen Lopetegui, following the European champions' 5-1 mauling by archrivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon, and the Italian has been named as his successor.
The announcement of Lopetegui's dismissal is expected on Monday afternoon after which Conte, who has been on alert while on holiday, in Egypt will be brought in.
A couple of weeks ago, news of Conte taking over at the Santiago Bernabéu took over the front page of Italian paper, Corriere della Sera. The reports stated that the man who had been released from his role at Premier League side Chelsea in the summer, had been contacted by senior Madrid officials.
With nothing being confirmed, news filtered out that he did not fit the profile of the desired candidate, if results did not improve under the current man, Lopetegui.
Julen Lopetegui's reign at the Santiago Bernabeu has been disastrous
Not long after the initial stories had surfaced, Spanish media outlet AS reported that a second call to the Italian had been made.
A winner with a different style
Since leaving Stamford Bridge, where he led the Blues to a Premier League title and an FA Cup triumph, Conte has been available for work. Prior to his initial successes in that role, the Italian had taken Juventus to three Serie A titles.
Antonio Conte has won league titles in Italy and England
His preferred style is 3-5-2 which contrasts with those that have filled the same post over several years.