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Seven contenders to take over from Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid


Arsene Wenger, Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino

Arsene Wenger, Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino

Arsene Wenger, Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino

Zinedine Zidane has announced that he is leaving Real Madrid this summer. The Frenchman has enjoyed an unprecedented level of success during his three years at the Santiago Bernabéu, and his unexpected departure has caused arguably the biggest vacancy in world football.

There are a number of contenders for the role, as Real attempt to find a manager as successful as Zidane, who won three Champions League trophies since taking over from Rafael Benitez in January 2016 as well as a league title in 2016/17.

Germany national team manager Joachim Loew has emerged as the early favourite, while youth-team manager and former player Guti is also likely to be in the frame.

Real may also decide to attempt to poach a successful Premier League manager. They likely wouldn’t encounter much resistance if they tried to recruit Antonio Conte from Chelsea, although tempting Mauricio Pochettino to the club from Tottenham Hotspur could prove difficult. The Argentinian signed a new five-year deal with the north London club last week.

Mauricio Pochettino

The Tottenham Hotspur manager is admired by the Real Madrid hierarchy. But he recently signed a new five-year contract with Spurs.

Joachim Loew

Rumours emerged in February that the German manager was Florentino Perez's first-choice. Will likely leave the German national side after the World Cup.

Luis Enrique

His appointment would be controversial but he did used to play for Real Madrid, meaning he's a possibility.

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Manager of Real Madrid's Under-19 team. Has said he would be ready to step up and replace Zidane.

Antonio Conte

Will he leave Chelsea this summer? If he does, the Italian will certainly be in the frame.

Maurizio Sarri

The mercurial Italian is wanted by Chelsea. But if Conte stays, Sarri will certainly be in the frame.

Arsene Wenger

It could never happen - could it? The Frenchman is out of a job and is one of the most experienced managers in world football, after all...

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