Real Madrid are still keen on luring Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to Spain.
That’s the claim being made by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who are reporting that the German was their first choice when Zinedine Zidane decided to leave at the end of last season.
Klopp celebrated his first three years in charge at Anfield this week and has regularly stated his dedication to bringing trophies to the club after losing three finals since arriving in October 2015.
But Real Madrid are a persistent club and do not like to be turned down by their targets, which included Chelsea star Eden Hazard this Summer, and are likely to make another move for the German should the position become available again soon.
Current Los Blancos manager Julen Lopetegui, who only took over the position a few months ago, is coming under increasing scrutiny following a slow start to life in charge of the club.
Real Madrid are currently sat in fourth place in an unusually open La Liga table after losing two of their opening eight fixtures so far this season – and he also lost 1-0 in the Champions League to CSKA Moscow.
The former Spain boss can point to the loss of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as evidence that he has a weaker squad than Zidane and the failure to sign a replacement will only add weight to his argument.
But the European champions are a club where patience is notoriously short, so he may not get much time to turn things around if the mixed start to the campaign drags on.
A move to try and swipe Klopp away from Liverpool is unlikely to be successful, however.