Chelsea to hire Zinedine Zidane following Real Madrid departure

Chelsea to hire Zinedine Zidane following Real Madrid departure

The manager's future has suddenly been called into question after Los Blancos announced an imminent news conference.

Zindine Zidane's unexpected departure from Real Madrid has prompted Chelsea to explore the Frenchman as a possible manager.

Zidane shocked the football world with Thursday's snap decision to resign just days after securing a third Champions League trophy in just two and a half years as Madrid coach.

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.

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Champions League final goalscorer Karim Benzema said of his countryman: "I had not had the pleasure of playing with you brother but I had the enormous honor to have you as a coach so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given me and brought".

"This is a lovely moment as we have just won a third straight Champions League and I have now reflected and made this decision".

"The key difference I think for the last five, 10, 15, 20 years, is the sheer amount of wealth in the Premier League means there's no economic reason for those managers to move to Real Madrid", the former Liverpool managing director said.

Germany national team manager Joachim Low has denied any interest in filling the new vacancy at Real Madrid.

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But it is the 46-year-old Argentinian's coaching nous, man-management skills and consistency with Tottenham Hotspur that has hoisted him among the favorites to replace Zidane. "I enjoy what is happening and what has to be, will be", he told Spanish newspaper AS.

Pochettino also talked up the achievements of Zidane - with the Frenchman having stepped down after leading Madrid to the Liga title and three Champions League crowns. I'm ready and excited to come back to London. I envy friends of mine who can do that. "You think yeah - but you are not me". Of course, we have a lot of dreams.

However, the Argentine went on to distance himself from the rumours, saying: "I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here".

"I like it a lot at Tottenham as they let me work and we are growing together", he said.

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