Real Madrid are lining up Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino as the replacement for Zinedine Zidane should the boss depart at the end of the season.
Zidane has only been in charge for a couple of months following the sacking of Rafa Benitez in January and has seen his side lose just once in that time – last weekend’s defeat to Atletico de Madrid.
That loss – more the manner in which Madrid played – and the fact the club could be in for a major overhaul of its’ playing staff this summer has caused some uncertainty surrounding Zidane’s future despite him signing a two and a half year deal.
Should the 1998 World Cup winner and Los Blancos part ways in the summer, Italisn paper La Gazetta dello Sport says plans are underway to bring in a replacement with Argentine Pochettino identified as a top target. The 43-year-old former Espanyol manager knows La Liga well and has overseen Spurs’ rise up the table in the past two years to put them on the brink of their first league title in 55 years.
It is understood that while they would be reluctant to lose their manager, Spurs would not stand in his way if he wanted to take one of football’s most coveted positions. Real and Spurs have done plenty of business in recent seasons with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric having left White Hart Lane for the Santiago Bernabeu.