Pochettino 'is Real Madrid's No 1 choice to replace Zinedine Zidane'

Mauricio Pochettino ‘is Real Madrid’s No 1 choice to replace Zinedine Zidane’ as they join Tottenham in chase for Argentine who is frustrated by lack of control at PSG

  • Mauricio Pochettino is understood to be frustrated with a lack of control at PSG 
  • Tottenham are monitoring the situation and may make a move for their old boss 
  • Real Madrid are also in the market for a manager after Zinedine Zidane quit 
  • First choice was Maximiliano Allegri but he is heading to Juventus again

Real Madrid are eyeing up a move for PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zinedine Zidane. 

The Frenchman has left the Bernabeu for the second time after seeing his side knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea and finishing second behind Atletico Madrid in LaLiga. 

Initially, Real wanted former Juventus boss Maximiliano Allegri to take the hotseat but the Italian club have moved quickly and he is set to replace Andrea Pirlo after an abject season in Turin. 

Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the top managerial target for Real Madrid 

The Spanish side came up short in LaLiga this season with Atletico Madrid winning the title

Pochettino has since emerged as the Spanish side’s top target, according to Goal. 

The Argentine only took over at PSG less than six months ago and is in talks with his former club Tottenham over returning to White Hart Lane. 

Jose Mourinho has not been replaced and Ryan Mason came in as the interim boss to see out the season. 

Pochettino is understood to be frustrated with his lack of control at PSG and has clashed with sporting director, Leonardo. 

But the 49-year-old parted Spurs on bad terms with Daniel Levy and would return to many of the issues he left behind at the club. 

That said, the Athletic report that many of the Spurs players are excited by the prospect of their old manager coming back for a second stint and the feeling is mutual.  

Real could yet be a more attractive option and he is the preferred choice ahead of club legend Raul and recently departed Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte. 

The Argentine has issues over control at PSG and could leave less than six months after joining

However, it may yet be incredibly difficult for Pochettino to leave PSG, even if there is a will from himself and Real to strike a deal. 

He is contracted until the summer of 2022 and the French club would hold the aces in negotiations as they would require hefty compensation. 

Pochettino led PSG to the Coupe de France trophy but saw his side stunned by surprise champions Lille in Ligue 1. 

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