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Report: Wenger emerges as favourite to replace Zidane at Real Madrid

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has emerged as the shock favourite to take over as Real Madrid manager after his countryman Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to leave the Spanish giants with immediate effect today.

Zidane’s decision has rocked the world of football, especially as he had just guided Real to a record breaking third successive Champions League title last weekend.

In just three seasons as the Bernabeu outfit’s manager the 45-year-old won an incredible nine trophies out of a possible 13 -averaging a piece of silverware every 17 games.

However, the former Los Blancos player has decided to walk away when he is on top, stating that the club needs a fresh approach if they are to continue to be successful.

Real president Florentino Perez is now on the lookout for a new manager and as Wenger has just ended his 22 year association with Arsenal he is currently favourite with the bookmakers to take over the reigns in the Spanish capital.

Wenger revealed earlier this week that he actually turned down Real on three occasions in the past to stay at the Emirates and also admitted that he is eager to get back to work at a big club as soon as possible.

“It is exciting now because I can be tested again. That’s what I want in my life. I am a competitor who wants to be tested,’’ he said.

“I don’t know what will happen but I’m in front of an empty page and I have to write the next chapter.

“I’m not very gifted to enjoy life and lie on the beach. I envy friends of mine who can do that.

“A big club has to have ambition.

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