Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been a surprise addition to Real Madrid's managerial targets, according to Fichajes.

Madrid fans have become disillusioned with current manager Rafael Benitez, leading to doubts being raised over the Spaniard's future at the club. The Spanish giants have reportedly been rejected by former manager Jose Mourinho, and club president has been impressed by Flores.

The Watford manager started his managerial career with Real Madrid, coaching their youth team for three years - having played for Los Blancos between 1994 and 1996.

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He then moved on to Getafe, Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid - where he won the Europa League beating Fulham 2-1 after extra time. 

Three years in Abu Dhabi followed before he returned to Getafe for two months. Then in June 2015 he was appointed manager of newly-promoted Watford and currently has them ninth in the Premier League at the halfway stage.

Many had backed Watford to be one of the league's strugglers but under Flores the Hornets have flourished with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo in fine form.

And according to reports, this spell could now earn him a return to the Bernabeu with Benitez seemingly on borrowed time.

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