Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has responded to the comments Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos made about him recently.
Conte had been favourite to take over at the Bernabeu after the recent sacking of Julen Lopetegui. However, when Ramos was asked about the Italian coach being appointed as Los Blancos manager he suggested that Conte’s disciplinarian style would not be welcomed by him and his teammates:
“Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another,” the 32-year-old Spain international said.
“We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end, the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach.”
Conte has since ruled himself out of the running for the Real job and suggested that he would prefer his next coaching position to be in his homeland.
When asked about Ramos’s comments about his managerial style Conte told Rai Sport:
“The words of Ramos?
“When a coach comes to a team he should bring education and respect, which is also expected from the players.
“When this fails, the problems begin.”
Former Real Madrid midfielder and reserve coach Santiago Solari has since been appointed as Los Blancos permanent coach.