By Russell Edge
Real Madrid are looking at replacing manager Zinedine Zidane with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino when the Frenchman leaves the club, according to a report.
Spanish newspaper AS claim on their website that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has lined up the Argentinian manager as his prime target for a future role at the Bernabeu.
The report states that Pochettino was under consideration for the management position back in 2015, when they chose to appoint now Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, but it appears as though Perez’s interest in the Tottenham man has not waned.
It is reported that the head of Los Blancos has been impressed with the former Southampton man’s approach to management, and is a fan of his personality, having stated outright that he could never manage Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona because of his loyalty to Espanyol.
Zidane has a contract in Spain which is set to keep him at the club until 2020, while Pochettino is tied down to Spurs until 2021, having joined back in 2014.
He has 175 matches with the north London club under his belt, winning 96 of them and scoring 326 goals, conceding 175.
Perez may well have been impressed with what he saw from Pochettino’s side when they visited the Bernabeu on Tuesday, holding off the home side’s attacking threat to snatch a 1-1 draw in their Champions League group tie.
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