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Real Madrid target Mauricio Pochettino as Zinedine Zidane's replacement: Reports

Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid's coach yesterday after saying the team needed a different working methodology

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 1 June 2018, 2:28 PM
Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane during the UEFA Champions League last year

Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane during the UEFA Champions League last year Image: Twitter

Less than a week after Real Madrid won their third Champions League title on the trot, Zinedine Zidane decided to step down as coach of the Spanish giants.

Soon after, Arsene Wenger’s name started doing the rounds as Zidane’s successor. But Wenger, who managed Arsenal for 22 years, is probably not the name the Real management wants to zero in on.

According to football expert Guillem Balague, current Tottenham Hotspur boss  Mauricio Pochettino is being eyed by Real president Florentino Perez as the club’s next manager.

“The interest in Pochettino from Real Madrid is obvious for all to see. He is the type of manager they would like to have at Real Madrid at some point. He has a new contract at Spurs, he is linked to everything that is happening for Spurs around the decisions of the players, it does not seem obvious for him to leave right now,” Balague told Sky Sports.

Announcing his retirement yesterday, Zidane said, “I spoke to the president to explain what I thought. I think it is the moment, for me and for the squad. I know it is a bit of a strange moment but I think it is the right moment. This is a team that should keep on winning and it needs a change for that. After three years, it needs another discourse, another working methodology, and that’s why I took this decision.”

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