Xabi Alonso has Carlo Ancelotti's blessing to become a coach at Real Madrid one day.
The former Liverpool star and current Bayer Leverkusen boss has been linked with Los Blancos following their 3-1 derby day defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
It leaves Real Madrid third in the table, behind Barcelona and Girona.
But despite the rumours surrounding his possible replacement, former Everton and Chelsea manager Ancelotti has addressed the links by lauding ex-Real star Alonso, stating he hopes he returns to the club one day.
Ancelotti went on to name drop another ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid player to join him in the dugout, too.
Alvaro Arbeloa, who is Real's Under-19s boss, spent two years at Anfield between 2007-2009 before linking up with Real, who he stayed at until 2016.
Commenting on his ambitions for Real once he departs, Ancelotti said in his press conference on Tuesday: «Look, I've had Alonso, as a player.
»His knowledge of football is top level.
«He's doing great with Bayer Leverkusen because he does these readings.
»This ability, I wish him as well as Arbeloa and Raul, I really wish [for] them to coach at Real Madrid one day."Read on talksport.com