Carlo Ancelotti’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he is likely to move on from Real Madrid.


The Spanish giants are expected to be in the market for a new manager next summer and they have already gone to business to identify the veteran Italian’s replacement.




And it has been claimed that De Zerbi has emerged as one of the favourites to replace his compatriot at the Santiago Bernabeu.


According to Spanish daily Sport, Real Madrid have already been in touch with the 44-year-old Italian over potentially becoming their manager.



De Zerbi has emerged as one of the most sought-after managers due to the work he has been carrying out at Brighton.


His exciting style of football won from praise from Pep Guardiola who called him one of the most influential coaches of the last two decades.



Real Madrid have been left impressed with what they have seen of De Zerbi and have already started working on establishing a bridge with him.


Negotiations are at an early stage but De Zerbi could be ready to take the next leap in his career by managing a big club.