European paper talk: Real Madrid lining up Zinedine Zidane return?

Mourinho also failed to reach the Champions League final with a side that would go on to win the competition four times in the next five years.

A yellow card accumulation suspension means that Sergio Ramos can not play against Real Valladolid this weekend, but the Real Madrid captain will travel to the Estadio Jose Zorrilla with his teammates.

The loss to Ajax handed Real their earliest elimination from the Champions League since 2010 and ended their three-year domination of Europe's elite competition.

Zidane guided Real to three successive Champions League titles but resigned last summer amid disagreements over transfer policy.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has been tipped to leave the club during the summer and Real Madrid looks to be his next probable destination.

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Madrid suffered back-to-back losses against bitter rivals Barcelona to crash out of the Copa del Rey and lose further ground in La Liga, before going down 4-1 to Ajax in one of the most humbling results in their history. Other names being mentioned include Juergen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Joachim Loew and Antonio Conte, who was highly touted to replace Julen Lopetegui when the former Spain coach was sacked a few months into his job with Madrid this season.

"The first option for the president has always, always been Mourinho", Calderon said.

The spotlight turned to the Portuguese coach immediately after Madrid's disastrous week came to an end - along with its entire season. They are talking of the possibility of Zidane or Mourinho - they are completely different coaches with completely different ideas of football.

"There is the option of bringing in Mourinho now, but to me there is no point".

This heated interaction left both parties fuming and is said to have cast serious doubt over Ramos' future at the club, despite the defender having a contract until 2021.

  • Lawrence Cooper