Candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane could leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after struggling to replicate the incredible success he enjoyed in his first term. Meanwhile, Blancos legend Raul and longtime Germany coach Joachim Low are two names being discussed as a possible replacement.

After winning three Champions League titles in just two and a half years when he was initially controlled in 2016, Zidane opted to step down shortly after the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, claiming he thought the team needed a new direction. to succeed.

Zidane guided Real Madrid to three Champions League titles
Zidane could not repeat his previous successes | GENYA SAVILOV / Getty Images

Real failed to do so in his absence, quickly sacking Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, before persuading Zidane to return to the Bernabeu less than 10 months after his departure.

Barcelona’s collapse saw Real win La Liga under Zidane in 2019/20, but this season has been mediocre by the club’s extremely high standards and the French manager has regularly deflected questions about his future.

With Real’s rebuilding perhaps too difficult, Zidane has potential interest from France and former club Juventus. French federation president Noel Le Graet has publicly admitted that he will immediately call up the 1998 World Cup winner if Didier Deschamps leaves his post, while Juve have been heavily linked with outgoing rookie Andrea Pirlo under pressure.

If Madrid need a new head coach this summer, AS writes that Raul or Low are the likely names in the frame at this point.

Raul is currently in charge of Real Madrid Castilla
True legend Raul named successor | Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

Since the end of his brilliant playing career with Schalke, Al-Sadd and New York Cosmos, Raul has returned home with Real in recent years and was appointed Castilla manager in 2019. His team are having a great season and promoting from within was the same path that brought Zidane.

Low, meanwhile, will step down as Germany boss after the summer’s delayed European Championship, making him available for next season. The 61-year-old has led Germany since 2006 and won the World Cup in 2014 after overseeing a national reconstruction.

Low has worked with many elite players in his role with Germany, although he has not worked at club level since 2004 and has never coached an elite club team.

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