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Zinedine Zidane ‘could reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo’ as Andrea Pirlo faces Juventus sack


Juventus have made Zinedine Zidane their No 1 target to replace Andrea Pirlo, according to reports in Spain.

The Italian champions have endured a difficult campaign and are in danger of surrendering their title.

Inter Milan are ten points clear of the Bianconeri, who are being led by rookie coach Pirlo.

The club’s former player took on the top job this season but has already seen them dumped out of the Champions League.

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Rumours about his future continue to swirl and AS claim Juventus have put Zidane on top of their replacements short list.

The Frenchman spent five years as a player in Turin and has forged an impressive career as a manager.

Zinedine Zidane is Juventus' top target
Zinedine Zidane is Juventus’ top target

A move to the Allianz Stadium would give him the chance to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The pair won a hat-trick of Champions League titles together at the Bernabeu and Zidane has refused to dismiss speculation about a Madrid exit.

He said: “I don’t look any further than the day to day. I don’t plan anything.”

Pirlo could still deliver silverware this season in the form of the Coppa Italia.

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Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo both face uncertain futures
Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo both face uncertain futures

His future, and that of Ronaldo’s, have been heavily discussed recently but club chief Pavel Nedved insists the manager is going nowhere.

He told DAZN: “Pirlo is and will be the coach of Juventus, that’s 100 per cent certain.

“We committed to a project with Andrea, knowing that there would be difficulties.

“We wanted to do better than this and haven’t managed to, but difficulties were predicted.

“We are very calm. We’re on the path that we wanted, which we will stay on. He has everything to become a great coach.”

Juventus have long dominated Serie A, but are now working with their third coach is as many years.

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