Real Madrid begin search for Zinedine Zidane's successor

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'I suppose the president knew [Zidane was leaving] before today, so he has for sure been getting in touch with possible coaches and getting their opinion of coming to Real Madrid'.

It brings down the curtain on a brief, but incredible, trophy-laden reign as manager which saw him claim nine trophies in just two and half seasons at the helm: one La Liga title; one Spanish Super Cup; two UEFA Super Cups; two FIFA World Club Cups and - of course, three UEFA Champions League Trophies. I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy and I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.

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"I'm working very comfortably at Tottenham and it's my obligation to focus on that".

However, Pochettino declined to answer directly when asked by AS if he was interested in the Bernabeu hotseat, instead saying that he would "let football take me along" rather than trying to force anything. "I enjoy what is happening and what has to be, will be", he told Spanish newspaper AS. The Guardian also weighs in on Chelsea's search for a new manager, suggesting the Blues have told Maurizio Sarri they will not pay his Napoli release clause, thereby ending speculations he could be the man to replace Conte.

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"I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium", said Pochettino. "Leadership is important in developing the play".

Real finished three points ahead of Barcelona as they won their first league title since 2012 before crushing Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first side to win the competition in its current format in back-to-back seasons. "But we are talking about the best players in the world".

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Pochettino is favourite for the Real job after Zinedine Zidane's dramatic resignation yesterday. Whoever has the chance to take this job will do their own analysis.

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