Chelsea plot shock approach for Zinedine Zidane

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In a tenure spanning just two-and-a half years, Zinedine Zidane managed to do a three-peat of the Champions League while also getting his hands on the league title in the 2016-17 season.

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.

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Zidane, a former Madrid star and France global, was one of the greatest players of his generation, winning trophies that included the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Pochettino seems to be the front-runner, but Spurs will be loath to part with him, while Low could theoretically be available following the summer's FIFA World Cup.

But according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, Pochettino's main concern is not to leave Tottenham for Real Madrid in bad circumstances. I do not want, nor can I, comment on Zidane going but what he has done is undoubtedly very big: "no one has won three Champions Leagues in a row recently".

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Sources have told ESPN FC that Bale's preference is to remain at Real Madrid, where he has a contract until 2022, but only if he gets assurances about being given a more prominent role next season.

Real Madrid players have been paying emotional tributes to Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman stepped down as the club's manager on Thursday. For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived.

"I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season", said Zidane, who was joined by club president Florentino Perez.

Pochettino's great strength during his time in charge or Southampton and then at Tottenham has been his ability to build bonds with his players, with the loyalty he needs to flourish as a coach needing time to flourish among players willing to embrace his philosophy.

The former Argentina defender told El Confidencial that you could not just ignore a call from the La Liga giants, however the situation "does not depend on me" and he was happy at Tottenham.