Who will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager?

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid just days after leading club to third successive Champions League victory

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid just days after leading club to third successive Champions League victory

The Portuguese captain is reportedly "disgusted" that Zidane has left the club, taking to Instagram soon after the news broke to express his gratitude to Zidane for all they have accomplished together at Real.

"Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know", 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.

"So maybe Zidane probably saw it all flaring up and thought this was a good time to get out, because there are some things that need sorting out at Madrid", said Toshack.

"They put up with the little mistakes you make if they see you're having a go". How can I ask more from the players?

The 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday was the pinnacle of a coaching career after his reign as a player with Real Madrid which peaked when he scored the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more.

"I live in the present, there is nothing more important than this".

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"I will be close to this club for the rest of my life". I am not exhausted of coaching after three years.

" I'm not going to coach another team right now".

Former Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas also pointed out that whoever takes over now - with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino among the potential candidates - had a tough act to follow.

But it is the 46-year-old Argentinian's coaching nous, man-management skills and consistency with Tottenham Hotspur that has hoisted him among the favorites to replace Zidane.

The Frenchman, formerly coach of Real Madrid Castilla, was appointed as head coach of Real's first team in January 2016 after the dismissal of Rafa Benítez, and guided the club to the Champions League title by beating Atlético Madrid on penalties in the final.

Zidane's retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then-33-year-old made a decision to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year's World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract.

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