Roberto Martinez

The Belgian FA have denied meeting Real Madrid regarding Roberto Martinez and would not tolerate any ‘tapping up’ of their head coach.

Martinez is believed to be keen on talks with the La Liga giants and would be likely to accept an offer to manage at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sky Sports News understands.

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The Belgium head coach believes it would be the pinnacle of his managerial career after he led the country to third place in last summer’s World Cup.

“Roberto has a contract with the Belgian Football Association (KBVB) until 2020 and anyone intending to make an approach for the manager would need to do that through the Association in the first instance,” a spokesman said.

After a terrible start to their season, Real are understood to be keen to talk to Martinez at the earliest opportunity after they sacked Julen Lopetegui on Monday and placed Santiago Solari in interim charge.

Concise News understands Martinez’s contract with the Belgian FA does not include a release clause, meaning Real’s negotiators will need to agree compensation with his present employers to secure his services.