Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Chelsea to hire Zinedine Zidane following Real Madrid departure

Chelsea to hire Zinedine Zidane following Real Madrid departure

Wenger is available and has the name and the top-level experience, having coached Arsenal for 22 years in England's Premier League and, less regularly, in Real's favorite playground of the Champions League.

The Daily Mail reports former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc is Chelsea's top managerial target, with Napoli's Maurizio Sarri seemingly out of the picture for the moment over the €8m pay-off Napoli want.

Last week, Pochettino said that he was honoured to extend his stay in North London and that he's looking forward to leading Spurs into their new stadium next season.

Not everyone falls for Real's charms.

Club president Florentino Perez had opened the news conference by saying that he had been surprised when Zidane had told him the news on Wednesday, but had known better than to try to make him change his mind.

But whether the easy-going, fan-hugging German fits the bill at Europe's most successful club remains to be seen.

Germany national team manager Joachim Low has denied any interest in filling the new vacancy at Real Madrid.

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The man himself, knowing full well what was coming, should have declined those interview requests, shown respect to Tottenham and not answered any Real Madrid-linked questions. "I thank him for the work he has done".

While there he denied that he would sign for Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane. But like always, I tell you football is football.

It would be a huge shock now though, with it being 14 years since he last lifted a league title, but it would mean the 68-year-old will have more than landed on his feet after effectively being forced out of the door at the Emirates.

Zidane announced his departure Thursday, less than a week after guiding Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown. "I'll have to sit down with my agent and talk about it". "It's one of the teams I loved when I was a kid".

Zidane was appointed as Real Madrid boss in January 2016 and took charge of Madrid 149 times.

Naturally that sent Spurs fans into meltdown, with the early favourite with the bookmakers to succeed the World Cup victor at the Santiago Bernabeu being Mauricio Pochettino.

Zidane was considered one of the all-time greats as a player, his mixture of sublime skill wrapped up in a muscular package driving France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil.

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