Reports have emerged that World Cup-winning Germany manager, Joachim Löw, could be a potential replacement for Real Madrid's, Zinedine Zidane, should the Frenchman fail to win the La Liga title or the Champions League this season.
Löw's current deal with the German National side runs until the year 2020. He has managed his country since 2006 winning the World Cup just once and guiding his side to runners-up of the FIFA European Championships in 2008.
Not a particularly glamorous trophy to years ratio, especially when taking into account the sides that he has had at his disposal over this period of time.
Alongside Löw, two Premier League managers are also believed to be of interest for Florentino Pérez; those two being current League leaders', Antonio Conte, and Argentine, Mauricio Pochettino, but both of these candidates are contractually bound by their respective clubs. Both have however held exclusive talks at the Bernabeu.
Should Zidane be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, he will join a forever growing list of names which includes the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes, both, who despite fairly instant success with their time at Real Madrid, left the Spanish outfit and went on to succeed with German side,
Bayern Munich - Ancelotti who is on track for his first Bundesliga title in just his first season with the club.
Following the Frenchman's side's recent League match against Madrid rivals, Atlético Madrid, he said the following whilst speaking to the press post-match:
"Am I sure to follow? No, not at all, that's why I'm not preparing anything. I'm working on what I have left this season. I know what it's like to train Real Madrid for good and bad and I'm prepared for everything.
"I always talk about the next game, I'm interested in that, it's always going to be like this until the last day that I stay as coach here. I care about tomorrow's game, the rest I do not know what will happen."
At a club with the size, stature and history of Real Madrid, it's impossible for a manager to know when his final days with the club, despite how successful or unsuccessful he may be doing at the time, are up.
What is clear is that regardless of the decision made at the end of the season, Zidane can use his experience gained from his first time in management as a very good learning experience.