Given the slightly less than perfect season that Real Madrid are having, it's no surprise that Carlo Ancelotti's job is significantly under pressure. The Italian may have won the Champions League last year but that's last year and it looks likely that he may be out of a job come the summer time.
The man most likely to succeed is the man who has been earmarked for the top job for quite some time now. Zinedine Zidane has been fulfilling his apprenticeship with the B team and been doing well enough that his name is being linked with the top job sooner rather than later. And it looks like he may already be keeping an eye on the squad he could have.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the France legend has weighed in on Raheem Sterling's ongoing contract wrangle by admitting that Real are keeping an eye on the situation, an admission that, if anything, will probably be of benefit to Liverpool.
We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we are monitoring him as a player. There are very few players in the world who can improve the Real Madrid squad, so it is going to make sense we monitor the progress of the best young players in the world.
To this point, sides such has Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with the 20 year old, something which made a £50 million valuation seem somewhat unlikely. However, if Liverpool do want to sell, then you have to think Zidane's public admission has just made that valuation all the more likely to be met.
Zidane referenced Gareth Bale as one player whom Real had kept an eye on in a similar situation and if Sterling's price can be pushed up in a similar manner, you'd have to think Liverpool would be a lot more amenable to a sale than they have been so far.
We monitored Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and also Varane. We monitor many of the best young players in Europe, then if we feel they have something to offer Real Madrid we will contact their club and try and make the next step.