Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has dropped a big hint he wants to sign Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole this summer.

The first area of concern for the Portuguese was revealed to be left back, where an alternative to Marcelo is being sought, and right back, a position vacated by the switch to central defence of Sergio Ramos planned by Mourinho.

Mourinho wants a more defensive player on the left side and, while Cole has many attacking talents, he is recognised as a far more assured defender than the Brazilian. The former Chelsea manager said: "I also would like to have an alternative left-back to Marcelo. Marcelo has his characteristics but Real needs a balanced squad, different players for each position. I would like a left-back that has different characteristics to Marcelo."