Martin Jol believes Rafael van der Vaart could be tempted to return to Ajax from Real Madrid after enduring a torrid season in the Spanish capital.
The Dutch coach was appointed as the new boss at the Amsterdam ArenA last week and has already begun to think about how to bolster his squad and push the club back to the top.
Having worked with Van der Vaart at Hamburg, Jol has maintained regular contact with the player and knows all about his situation at Santiago Bernabau.
"I am always in contact with Van der Vaart," the trainer told German daily Bild.
"I have great respect for him and know that he is in a difficult situation at Real Madrid.
"If his position becomes clear, then he may just come."
Florentino Perez became the new Madrid president on Monday and his arrival could mean Van der Vaart could be pushed out as rumours suggest all the club's Dutch players will be allowed to leave.