ZIDANE ZIDANE will QUIT Real Madrid at the end of the season with club legend Raul and Massimiliano Allegri being lined up to replace him, according to reports.
The Los Blancos boss, 48, has been in charge since January 2016 when he replaced Rafael Benitez, save for a nine-month period in 2018-19.
Despite winning two LaLiga crowns and three Champions League trophies – with Real still in with a chance of winning the domestic title this season – Zidane has already made up his mind to quit, say the Daily Mail.
The report claims Real Madrid are taking the threat seriously, with Zidane believing he doesn’t have the support of president Florentino Perez.
Perez has already drawn up a two-man shortlist to take over from Zidane should the French icon quit.
Club legend Raul, 43, is one of the names on that list having excelled with Castilla – Real Madrid’s ‘B’ team.
Zidane is another former Castilla boss who took the top job – with great success at that.
And Perez and Co hope Raul can replicate his success with what is essentially the youth team – on the brink of promotion this term – with the seniors.
However, should Real Madrid opt to go down the route of experience, Allegri is also on the radar.
The Italian, 53, hasn’t managed since leaving Juventus in 2019 following five straight Serie A titles.
For now, Zidane will be focusing on leading Real Madrid to back-to-back LaLiga titles for the first time since Leo Beenhakker in 1989.
Should Los Blancos beat Granada on Thursday night, they will sit just two points behind Madrid rivals Atletico with two games to play.
However, Zidane has a tough run-in with a visit to Athletic Bilbao following by a home clash with Europa League finalists Villarreal.
After that, it’s expected Juventus will push hard to bring Zidane back to his former club.
Juve are struggling this season, crashing out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for a second straight year, while currently sitting FIFTH and set to miss out on a spot in Europe’s premier competition next term.
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