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Real Madrid Make Mauricio Pochettino Top Managerial Target After Zinedine Zidane's Exit

Real Madrid have made Mauricio Pochettino their top managerial target
Real Madrid have made Mauricio Pochettino their top managerial target / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing a shock move for Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane announced his decision to leave the Los Blancos after a disappointing season that saw his side get knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea and finish second on the LaLiga table behind eventual winners, Atletico Madrid.

According to Goal, the former Tottenham boss has since emerged as Madrid's top managerial target, despite only taken over at PSG less than six months ago. Reports have claimed that Pochettino is "frustrated" with a lack of control at the Ligue 1 club, and has reportedly clashed with sporting director, Leonardo.

Pochettino is being linked with a shock return to Tottenham, who reportedly wanted the Argentine back, and Madrid wanted former Juventus boss Maximiliano Allegri to take the hot seat at the Santiago Bernabeu. But the Serie A giants are set to bring back Allegri to replace Andrea Pirlo after an abject season in Turin.

The Athletic further claim that a number of Spurs players are reportedly excited at the prospect of being united with their former boss, but Pochettino left north London on a sour note with club chairman, Daniel Levy, and his return would be a complicated one.

Also on Madrid's shortlist is Castilla team manager and legendary former striker Raul Gonzalez as well as former Inter boss Antonio Conte, who left the club despite leading them to a first Serie A title in 11 years.