Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Zidane steps down as Real Madrid Coach

Zidane steps down as Real Madrid Coach

However, the Frenchman admitted upon his exit that he wouldn't be retiring from football and since the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane at Real, the three-time Premier League victor has emerged as a front-runner to succeed his compatriot.

Pochettino, 46, only signed a new contract with Spurs to 2023 last week, so Real would have to pay a big premium if they want to appoint him. And at this club, you must know this: I do not want to start a season and have a bad time.

Quizzed by AS on whether those exploits could lead him to Madrid, Pochettino said: "I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that". Although in this case it doesn't depend on me.

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"I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham, and am happy here. I remember the first time I went to his house and asked him to coach Real Madrid and he was absolutely convinced he could win things".

Pochettino has gradually improved Tottenham since arriving from Southampton in 2014, guiding them to three consecutive top three Premier League finishes, and a group stage victory over Madrid on the way to the 2017-18 Champions League round of 16. Life is very short and we need to spend the day thinking to enjoy life, not thinking too much and worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow.

"I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous", Pochettino told Spanish sports daily AS.

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"It is a hard moment, as I am saying I am leaving, but it is not a sad day for me", Zidane said.

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 the former Argentina defender has been installed as the bookies' favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, and has conceded it would be hard to ignore overtures from the 13-time European club champions.

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Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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