Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid just days after leading club to third successive Champions League victory

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane quits days after winning third Champions League title

Per SpursinBarcelona (via MailOnline's Jaime Wright), when asked about the vacant Real position on Friday Pochettino said: "I am very happy at Tottenham".

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in Conte's first campaign at the club.

If Real Madrid want to land Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur then it will cost them £42.5million.

Blanc's ability to take over from the Conte - who is widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the coming days - straight away is seen as a massive advantage by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, although they are also expected to sound out the availability of his former worldwide team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who quit his role as Real Madrid boss yesterday.

Perez revealed that Zidane told him on Wednesday at his house that he wanted to step down and the Real president said it would be impossible for him to change Zizou's mind.

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology".

"He supported me at all times, gave me good advice, always had a smile, and I think that is something that helps you improve as a player".

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Italian Maurizio Sarri and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp have all been linked to Madrid, alongside Pochettino.

Pochettino seems to be the front-runner, but Spurs will be loath to part with him, while Low could theoretically be available following the summer's FIFA World Cup.

The latter, according to the Daily Mail, is set to offer a new deal to Gareth Bale to thwart interest from Manchester United.

For now, though, the 45-year-old Frenchman will take some time to consider his next move.

Ronaldo joined the tributes, saying he was "proud" to have played for Zidane, while captain Sergio Ramos said his "legacy will never be erased".

"I'm not going to work with another team for the moment".

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