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Massimiliano Allegri frontrunner for Real Madrid job following 'direct talks'

Max Cooper
Allegri is now the favourite to be handed the Real Madrid job in the summer
Allegri is now the favourite to be handed the Real Madrid job in the summer / Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is now the favourite to take over as Real Madrid boss this summer and is waiting to accept the role after 'direct talks' with the club.

Strong rumours are circling that current Merengues coach Zinedine Zidane is ready to step down at the end of the season, and owner Florentino Perez now has a decision to make over the Frenchman's successor.

Massimiliano Allegri
Allegri is in pole position to land the Madrid job / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

It appears that his decision has been made, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that Italian coach Allegri has held 'direct talks' with Madrid and is prepared to accept an offer should it arrive in the summer.

Allegri held a meeting with Madrid this week to discuss returning to management and 'will accept' the job if his candidacy proves successful. It also means Juventus may be forced to wait on their former coach's next move, as they have been linked with a possible reunion with Allegri following Andrea Pirlo's poor first season in charge.

The noises surrounding Allegri and Madrid are growing louder, too. Marca is now reporting that the ex-Milan boss is the 'favourite' to replace Zidane in the summer and has surpassed club legend Raul in the pecking order.

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane is set to walk away from Madrid in the summer / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Raul recently spoke out about the rumours tying him to the Madrid post, and while he admitted that Santiago Bernabeu is his 'home', he does not believe now 'is the time to talk about the future,' as cited by MadridistaReal.

“Taking over the first team? This is my home and this is where I want to be," he said.

"I am a man of the club. I became a coach to be here, at home. But this is not the time to talk about the future.”

Raul Gonzalez
Raul is also a candidate to replace Zidane / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Raul is currently coaching the Madrid youth team, and possesses similar qualities to those which have made Zidane such a successful leader in the Spanish capital. The World Cup winner won the Liga title with los Merengues last summer, and could still defend his throne this year.

But he is believed to have grown weary of coaching the Spanish giants and informed the dressing room of his decision to walk away prior to their clash with Sevilla earlier in May.