Jose Mourinho is the manager of Chelsea FC once again after the worst kept secret in football no longer became a secret.
It leaves them searching for a new manager tasked with winning silverware after a barren season under Jose Mourinho last term; and looking to repair several relationships between club and player after a difficult 2013 at The Bernabeu.
And it is absolutely no secret who they want to replace him in the Spanish capital.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has been widely tipped to make the move to Spain with Los Merengues president Florentino Perez confirming that the 54-year-old Italian was the man they desired to step into the shoes of the ‘Special One’:
“In this moment we need a coach who really knows us and the Italian Carlo Ancelotti knows us,"
But the deal is not going as smoothly as Perez and Madridista would have liked.
Ancelotti has just led Paris Saint-Germain to a Ligue 1 title and an impressive Champions League campaign so is therefore not going to be allowed to just walk out the Parcs des Princes door this summer.
So far PSG have proven themselves a stubborn nemesis as they continue to refuse to release Ancelotti for Madrid talks; despite the Italian supremo confirming his wish is to take on the reins at Real.
So with that in mind Real Madrid are apparently looking for potential alternatives.
One of which is Laurent Blanc.
Blanc is known to Manchester United fans as a cult hero for his admirable displays at Old Trafford between 2001 and 2003 and while his performances were sometimes criticised one thing that was not was his leadership qualities.
So naturally he went into coaching when his playing career came to an end.
At Bordeaux he led the club to the Ligue 1 title in 2009 and developed a reputation as one of the best young managers on the continent.
Next followed a rather uninspiring stint in charge of the increasingly impossible post-Zidane French national team and a year after stepping down as Les Bleus coach he is said to be ready to make the move back into management.
A move to Roma never came off and he recently dismissed the idea of taking over at both Real Sociedad and PSG.
And there is another very good reason why Real will consider him in the event of Ancelotti being prevented his dream move.
Zinedine Zidane is widely expected to become part of the coaching staff this summer; possibly replacing Aitor Karanka as the assistant manager.
In that case the two former France and Juventus team-mates would be partnered up in an all French management duo. But regardless of that move Zidane is still the director of football at the club and would be likely to vouch for his former team-mate.
So while the ex-Chelsea boss continues to have his move made troublesome a deal for this former United defender would be relatively straightforward.
If Real Madrid lose patience Blanc could lead Los Blancos into the 2013-14 campaign.
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