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Mauricio Pochettino opens door to move to Real Madrid

02 June 2018

With the Blancos having suddenly found themselves without a manager following the shock departure of Frenchman Zidane, various candidates have been touted as possible appointments.

Real Madrid have reportedly launched an "all-out onslaught" to hire Mauricio Pochettino as Zinedine Zidane's replacement, while Germany boss Joachim Low has also been contacted.

The former midfielder had to contend with speculation relating to his future at the club for most of the season as a result of their often underwhelming form.

"Zidane took the correct decision, he knew that Florentino would have sacked him if he did not win the Champions League", Capello said.

This is Real Madrid we're talking about though so of course, it wouldn't really be a surprise to see anyone turn up in that hotseat. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be.

Despite Perez insisting he did not want Zidane to leave, Sportsmail understand the two had contradicting opinions over plans for the club's future, which had an impact on the Frenchman walking out.

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Regardless of who the new Chelsea manager will be, it looks as though he might have a fight on his hands to keep Alvaro Morata at the club.

His exit will now have a knock-on effect on the futures of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both could have left the club this summer under Zidane's rule. I do not want, nor can I, comment on Zidane going but what he has done is undoubtedly very big: "no one has won three Champions Leagues in a row recently".

The former Argentina defender told El Confidencial that you could not just ignore a call from the La Liga giants, however the situation "does not depend on me" and he was happy at Tottenham. It is about what I think.

Asked if he'd be ready for the challenge of managing Madrid, he said: "I'm ready now for getting lunch with friends!"

"I have a five-year deal with Tottenham and I'm very happy at the club. You think that. But you are not me".

The sudden availability of Zinedine Zidane - now 7/2 from 33/1 - means the FA Cup winners could now alter their focus, while Laurent Blanc is also now a contender in the Next Chelsea Manager Market.

Mauricio Pochettino opens door to move to Real Madrid