Reports suggest the managerial position for Real Madrid will be up for grabs after news came out from the Madrid dressing room that Zinedine Zidane could be leaving the club at the end of this season.
It is no doubt Zidane has done wonders at Real Madrid. Especially this season as he took the team to the Champions League semi-finals and is also fighting for the La Liga title despite having a long injury list this season.
Zidane is a legend both as a player and manager for Real Madrid. He joined Madrid from Juventus in 2001 and appeared 227 times while scoring 49 goals and 68 assists. The Frenchman won one Champions League and one La Liga title for Real Madrid before retiring in 2006.
Zizou started his managing career in 2012 as he managed Real Madrid U-17. He took over the managing charge for Real Madrid in 2015 after Carlos Ancelotti left. He left in 2018 but returned the following year in 2019.
As a manager for Real Madrid, he has an impressive record better than his playing career in Madrid. Zizou has won back-to-back three Champions league and while winning the La Liga two times. He has also won the title of the World’s best coach two times.
After a successful run, it seems Zidane will be giving resignation from his post end of this season after losing in the Champions League semifinal and falling behind two points in the league table this season.
It is believed that Real Madrid has shortlisted three managers to replace Zidane. The list includes Raul, former Real Madrid player and Real Castilla coach, former Juventus manager Max Allegri, and current Everton manager and former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Raul favorite to replace Zidane as Real Madrid Manager
Current Real Castilla coach and former Real Madrid legend Raul is believed to the favorite among the three options to replace Zidane as manager.
Raul has 741 appearances for Real Madrid between 1994 and 2010. He has scored 324 goals, the club’s second-highest goalscorer only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a Real Madrid player he has won three Champions League, six league titles, five footballer of the year awards, and three top scorer awards.
Raul after retiring from football started his coaching journey at Al Sadd as he underwent coaching courses. He joined Real Madrid’s coaching set-up with the youth teams in 2018 and went on to win the UEFA Youth league in 2019/20.
With his impressive managing performance the Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt has also approached him for the next season. But reports suggest he has denied the offer saying he wants to stay at his home club.
Florentino Perez is believed to be trusting Raul for the managerial position. Though the other 2 men on the list are far more proven and experienced compared to Raul.
It will be interesting to see who would be taking over the manager position at Real Madrid next season. Currently, Zidane has one big game left in La Liga which could be deciding the Champions this season.