Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility that he will become Real Madrid’s next manager.
Real Madrid fans around the world were left stunned on Thursday when Zidane announced his decision to step down, just five days after guiding Los Blancos to their third consecutive Champions League crown, their fourth in five years.
There have been a whole host of Premier League managers linked with the now vacant job at the Bernabeu, with Mauricio Pochettino one of the favourites with the bookmakers, despite only signing a new deal with the North London club in the last week.
Now, the Argentine has refused to rule out the possibility of taking over the Bernabeu hot seat:
“When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them. Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here,” he said.
“I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together. Right now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the things that are being said. There will be lots of rumours, lots of things said, but I have no news from Real Madrid.
“I’m working very comfortably at Tottenham and it’s my obligation to focus on that. 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.”
It had been speculated in certain sections of the media that his new contract includes a clause allowing him to move to Real Madrid or PSG should they come calling. However, Poch has denied that any such clause exists: “It is not true regarding the clause, neither written nor verbal.”
Speaking about Zidane’s unexpected decision to step down, he added: “All managers feel a type of loneliness when doing this job.
“I respect greatly what he has done and his decision.”