Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon claims that Jose Mourinho will be the club’s manager next season if Zinedine Zidane is a failure.
Zidane replaced Benitez, who was sacked after just seven months in charge, on Monday, but Calderon insists the World Cup winner was not Florentino Perez’s first-choice replacement.
"I wish Zidane all the best but I'm sure it's going to be very difficult,” Calderon told BBC 5Live.
“He is not the one that the president [Perez] wanted.
"He was trying to sign Mourinho and he didn't want Zidane. That is the truth. I don't know if he [Zidane] will be successful but if he is not, Mourinho will be on the bench in June."