Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is Real Madrid’s number one choice to replace Zinedine Zidane after the French man left the Los Blancos yesterday.
Sky Sports sources understand Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has made Pochettino his number one target to replace Zidane this summer.
Zidane who left Real Madrid yesterday after guiding them to yet another Champions League trophy will be taking a break from football with immediate effect. His departure came as a complete shock to the Real Madrid players and board.
Pochettino has now been installed favourite by the bookies even though he signed a long-term five-year deal last week that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2023.
Skysports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague also confirmed the rumours by telling the English broadcaster: “Pochettino is top of Real Madrid’s wanted list. He is number one, number two, number three and number four for Florentino Perez.
“He definitely wants Pochettino, there’s no doubt about that. I’m pretty sure Mauricio and Spurs know that themselves, but it doesn’t mean anything.
“Before he signed a contract extension in May 2016 he had a buy-out clause that Real Madrid could have activated.
“Now there is no buy-out clause, so for Pochettino to move to Real Madrid they would have to convince Daniel Levy, something Real won’t be able to do.”
It now means the buy-out clause has put Spurs in a strong position to keep their Argentine manager away from the clutches of Real Madrid.
Normally when a club like Real come calling they usually get their man. However, on this occasion, it seems the Champions League winners may not be able to get their man. Unless Pochettino himself asks to leave, which is highly unlikely after signing a long-deal, Real Madrid will most likely have to look elsewhere.