Zidane to step down

Zinedine Zidane will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Goal revealed that the Frenchman had informed the squad that he would be stepping down.

The Frenchman revealed his decision in the dressing room prior to last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Sevilla in La Liga.

It is the second time he has resigned from the post, having previously quit following Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph in 2018. 

Immediate speculation about where Zidane may turn up next has already begun.

With Didier Deschamps’ time with the French national team destined to come to an end eventually, Zidane may be the prime candidate to take over his country.

Zidane has previously applied before to coach the national side and could look to do so again.

Zinedine #Zidane applied to coach the #France national side in 2012, FFF president Noel Le Graet has confirmed in a new book. #EDF

— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) April 15, 2014

He would finally be able to work alongside both Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe. Two players he has admired during his time as a coach.

Real contact Allegri

One of the key names in the frame to replace Zidane is Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The former Juventus boss left the Turin-based club in 2019 and has been without a club since.

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that there has been ‘direct contact’ between Real Madrid and Allegri about a possible appointment but notes ex-Real striking legend Raul is also under consideration.

‘Real Madrid president Perez called Allegri three years ago. Allegri turned the offer down because he had an agreement with Juventus to stay. Now Allegri is available, there’ve been direct contacts and he’d accept Real Madrid job. There are three names in the list – Raúl too,’ wrote Romano.

Real Madrid president Perez called Allegri three years ago. Allegri turned the offer down because he had an agreement with Juventus to stay.

Now Allegri is available, there’ve been direct contacts and he’d accept Real Madrid job.

There are three names in the list – Raúl too.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 15, 2021

Allegri won the Serie A title in 2011 with AC Milan before winning it 5 years in a row with Juve between 2015 and 2019.

Real would appreciate his ability to construct squads to dominate and will hope to regain control of Spanish and European football under his tenure.

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