Mauricio Pochettino Keen To Avoid Messy Departure From Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino Keen To Avoid Messy Departure From Tottenham Hotspur

However, the Frenchman admitted upon his exit that he wouldn't be retiring from football and since the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane at Real, the three-time Premier League victor has emerged as a front-runner to succeed his compatriot.

The Frenchman took over a divided dressing room after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January, 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.

"When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them".

"Real Madrid have won four Champions Leagues in five years, three in a row", he said.

The sudden availability of Zinedine Zidane - now 7/2 from 33/1 - means the FA Cup winners could now alter their focus, while Laurent Blanc is also now a contender in the Next Chelsea Manager Market.

Pochettino signed a new, improved contract extension until 2023 last week and Spanish sports newspaper AS reported Friday that it does not contain any written agreement allowing him to leave if Real make an approach. "Three Champions Leagues, a La Liga title".

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid departure has shocked the football world, and it came amid speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club.

Ronaldo has been Madrid's talisman during a highly successful period under Zidane's leadership, although the Portugal star has suggested he is considering his future. I want to thank the fans, who always supported me both as a coach and a player.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have had their own problems this season.

" I will still be close to the club but this decision is a clear one that might not make sense to some people but it is the moment to make a change, for the players as well".

After impressing hugely during his first managerial post with Bordeaux he was then appointed as coach of the France national team and guided Les Blues to a quarter-final place in Euro 2012, where they were eliminated by eventual Champions Spain.

Germany boss Joachim Low meanwhile has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Real manager.

"I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that", Pochettino said from a book launch in Barcelona.

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