After watching Zinedine Zidane walk away from the remaining 12 months of his contract, Real Madrid has made Mauricio Pochettino their top managerial target, according to Goal Spain. Read more Real Madrid News here.
The Blancos were worried, as Goal reported on May 6, that Zidane would resign after the season because he was tired of dealing with factors beyond his control. And now that Zidane has formally stood down, people in Madrid are looking for a candidate who can lead the club to victory.
When Zidane’s decision to leave was originally announced, it is believed that Massimiliano Allegri was the Blancos board’s first option.
On the other hand, Juventus has moved rapidly to beat its European rivals to a tried-and-true winner. The Bianconeri set to welcome a familiar face back to Turin.
In light of this, the focus in Madrid has switched to Pochettino.
Other names have been mentioned, including Antonio Conte and Raul. An Argentine strategist now employed by Paris Saint-Germain has risen to the top of Real’s wish list.
Pochettino has made little secret of his desire to manage at the Santiago Bernabeu. The South American has to deny allegations that he had a Madrid departure clause in his contract when he took over at Parc des Princes.
While both parties want to make a deal, Pochettino realizing that coaching Madrid would be a dream come true. Striking an agreement with PSG will be difficult.
The Argentine is under contract until the summer of 2022, and releasing him would necessitate compensation.
Real representatives will meet with their French colleagues, with the latter having the upper hand in any negotiations.
Pochettino’s suitors will be aware that the Blancos are not the only ones interested in him.
Goal.com can reveal that the 49-year-old is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur. 18 months after they parted ways with him and hired Jose Mourinho.