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Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid move means THIS for Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho | Football | Sport


That’s according to ESPN’s Craig Burley.

Zidane was confirmed as Madrid’s new head coach on a three-year deal on Monday, having spent just 10 months away from the club.

He resigned last May after winning the Champions League for the third straight year, in a move which shocked the footballing world.

But now, he has returned and has committed to the club until 2022, becoming the third manager at Los Blancos this season after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.

Madrid have struggled in recent weeks, after exiting the Champions League to Ajax and suffering back-to-back defeats to arch rivals Barcelona – one to dent their La Liga title hopes and one to knock them out of the Copa del Rey.

With speculation mounting over Solari’s future, it was rumoured that Mourinho could be in line for a return to his old club, after leaving the Bernabeu in 2013.

Pochettino had also been touted to make the move back to Spain, having previously managed Espanyol, and has also been linked with taking charge of Manchester United this summer.

United currently have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker manager until the end of the season, and are expected to give him the job full time.

And Burley explained on ESPN FC that the decision to bring back Zidane has meant that both Pochettino and Mourinho are in a tough situation.

“He’s [Mourinho] carrying a lot of baggage and has been very problematic, especially at that club [Madrid],” he said.

“He’ll probably now sit there and think ‘yeah, I think I’ll wait around for PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] now.’

“He’s always wanted to manage in France and there’s a good chance that one will come around.

“The other one is Pochettino, I don’t know if he came into the conversation at Madrid, but now he’s sat there looking at Solskjaer doing well at Man United and Zidane under contract until 2022.

“So there have been a lot of things affected by this, including Mourinho, but I’m sure he’ll do alright.”

PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Solskjaer’s United last week, and it has been suggested that failure to deliver in Europe could spell the end for manager Thomas Tuchel.

Should that be the case, Mourinho could venture into France in order to try and win a league title in his fifth different country, after successes with Inter Milan, Madrid, Chelsea and Porto.



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