Pochettino leads race to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

Pochettino leads race to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

- Marcotti: Why did Zidane leave Real Madrid?

As uncertainty reins at the Santiago Bernabeu, it could be that the 33-year-old soon follows departed manager Zinedine Zidane through the exits.

Asked about that possibility ahead of his country's World Cup 2018 warm-up friendly against Austria on Saturday, the 58-year-old said he had no interest at all in the job and was exclusively focused on preparing for his side's defence of their World Cup trophy in Russian Federation over the coming weeks.

Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal added: "I just want to thank you for these two-and-a-half years as our coach, you've been an incredible professional, as have your staff members". "Now I want to focus on planning for next season, and keep myself a bit away from all that is being said".

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Arsene Wenger concedes he is "addicted" to football and is already bored since his departure as Arsenal head coach amid links with the vacant Real Madrid hot seat.

Zidane won the Champions League at every attempt with Los Blancos, and finished the 2016/17 La Liga season at the top of the pile.

The 45-year-old spoke with club captain Sergio Ramos on the phone before notifying the rest of the squad about his decision.

Mauricio Pochettino has brushed off speculation linking him to Real Madrid and insisted he is happy at Tottenham.

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"And that's why I took this decision", he said at a press conference.

Leading Liverpool to the Champions League final, and a 3-1 defeat to Real last Saturday, won't have done any harm to Klopp's chances of joining the Spanish giants. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have had their own problems this season.

Zidane, a former Madrid star and France worldwide, was one of the greatest players of his generation, winning trophies that included the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

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"I remember the first time I went to his house and asked him to coach Real Madrid and he was absolutely convinced he could win things".

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