Antonio Conte rules himself out of the running to take over at Real Madrid

Antonio Conte during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has ruled himself out of the running to take over at Real Madrid because he feels the project is not right for him, Sky Sports News understands.

The Italian was linked with the role after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui following Real's 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona at the weekend.

Conte left Chelsea in July and has now decided to extend his break from football until the summer.

Antonio Conte poses with the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018
Image: Antonio Conte poses with the FA Cup

However, he could be tempted into management mid-season, but only if the project was right.

As Sky Sports News reported last week, Conte's contractual obligations with Chelsea only apply to managing a club in England this season and therefore he is free to join a club abroad.

Santiago Solari has been placed in temporary charge at Real Madrid
Image: Santiago Solari put the Real Madrid squad through their paces for the first time on Tuesday

Santiago Solari has been placed in temporary charge of Real and will be in the dugout when they travel to face third-tier Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening.

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Spanish league rules mean the 42-year-old Solari can only manage on an interim basis for two weeks, at which point Real must appoint a permanent successor to Lopetegui.

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