REAL MADRID are considering Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane, according to reports.
The Frenchman made the shock decision to stand down on the back of leading the club to three successive Champions League victories.
Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp emerged as the early frontrunners for the role, but both appear to be out-of-reach, meaning the club is having to broaden their search.
And RMC report they have made contact with Villas-Boas, who is a free agent have left Shanghai SIPG.
One of the reasons for their interest in the ex-Tottenham and Chelsea boss could be his relationship with Gareth Bale.
His first season at White Hart Lane remains arguably Bale’s finest to date on an individual level, when he was named double Player of the Year and earned his world-record move to Real Madrid.
Villas-Boas’ reputation took a hit after a disappointing spell in the Premier League, but he still has good European pedigree.
He was a coach under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter Milan before becoming Porto manager in 2010 following a season with Academica.
Villas-Boas won the league without losing a game, completing a treble with victories in the Portuguese Cup and Europa League.
His achievements saw him move to the Premier League before taking over at Zenit St Petersburg and later moving to China.