England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is being pursued by Real Madrid, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Madrid are said to have had initial talks with Eriksson’s advisors.

“If I had been offered the chance to coach Real Madrid in the past, I would have been interested,” Eriksson told newspaper Marca.

Current Real coach Carlos Queiroz has come under increasing pressure in the wake of Real’s recent dip in form and although Madrid still lead the Spanish league and are in the last eight of the Champions League, there has been speculation that he will leave at the end of the season.

The England coach, who has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea, has yet to sign the new deal he has been offered by the Football Association. The FA are due to hold new contract talks with Eriksson at the end of the month with a view to extending his current deal.