Mauricio Pochettino opens door to move to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane celebrates with Keylor Navas after winning the

Zinedine Zidane celebrates with Keylor Navas after winning the

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has stepped down from his position as manager of the club.

As a former centre-back with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino has vast experience of Spain's La Liga.

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 favourites to replace Zidane.

Pochettino led Spurs to third place in the Premier League in the just-completed season, behind Manchester United and runaway winners Manchester City.

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Sources have told ESPN FC that Bale's preference is to remain at Real Madrid, where he has a contract until 2022, but only if he gets assurances about being given a more prominent role next season.

It was an unexpected move, but many Real Madrid players have come out to say they're sorry to see the former Juventus and Bordeaux player leave the club.

On Thursday (May 31), he said he was quitting the Spanish giants in an announcement that seemed to have even taken the club's president Florentino Perez by surprise.

Chelsea's managerial circus is rumbling on as the search goes on for a new boss, despite Antonio Conte still being in charge.

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Soon after the flurry of early chances for Fulham , Steve Bruce's side finally started to get into the game for the first time. Villa threw everything forward in the nail-biting closing stages but Fulham held on without too many alarms.

Southampton may have to make 28-year-old first-choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who has only a year left on his three-year contract, one of the best-paid players at St Mary's in order to keep the Englishman at the club this summer. However, Chelsea will attempt to persuade the three-time Champions League victor to take the reins of the club.

He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final.

Wenger spent the intervening years trying, unsuccessfully, to replicate the success of his early campaigns.

Zidane won nine titles as Madrid's coach, including three Champions League, one Spanish League, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

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Wijnaldum added: "It is always hard to say what we can do, it depends on so many different things as to how we do next season ".

That will not be lost on the Tottenham fans, although majority were hopeful they will be able to keep their popular manager even should the Champions League winners come calling.

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