Conte, Guti, Wenger and Pochettino linked with Real Madrid following Zidane's shock exit

by Jack Kitson / 31 May 2018, 12:23

Real Madrid are on the hunt for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane left the Spanish giants after a hugely successful two-and-a-half-years at the helm.

The Frenchman’s decision to exit the Bernabeu comes five days after he lifted a third consecutive Champions League trophy with Los Blancos, who overcame Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev.

Klopp just so happens to be in the mix to replace Zidane in the Spanish capital, with the German joined by the likes of Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, Guti, and even Cristiano Ronaldo in the Next Real Madrid Manager Market.

Conte appears one of the more likely options given that he’s widely expected to leave Chelsea this summer, although for the time being at least there’s been no word from either the Italian or the Blues concerning his future at Stamford Bridge.

It’s difficult to envision Klopp suddenly leaving his position at Liverpool in order to take up the new post in Spain, whereas Pochettino signed a new long-term contract with Tottenham last week.

However, one man who is free and available is Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman left his post at Arsenal at the end of of last season after 22 years at the helm, and he’s yet to decide on his next step.

Wenger was linked with a move to Real Madrid many years ago but opted to stay with his beloved Gunners, who appointed Unai Emery as his successor last week.

However, could Real now come back in for his services following Zidane’s departure?

Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti is unsurprisingly one of the frontrunners for the post. The Spaniard is currently in charge of the club's youth team, and could now be set to make the step up and take charge of the senior squad.

Juventus head coach Max Allegri and Germany boss Joachim Low also feature in the betting, although the latter is currently bidding to become only the second manager in history to win the World Cup twice.

There’s always the possibility of Ronaldo, 25/1, stepping up to the plate and become the club’s new player/manager...

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