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Real Madrid have shortlisted 3 Zidane replacements

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid
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As doubts grow over Zidane’s future as Real Madrid manager, three candidates have reportedly been shortlisted as potential replacements.

Zinedine Zidane will decide his future as Real Madrid manager at the end of the season.

Fears the Frenchman could be set for a second exit surfaced earlier in the week as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

According to Goal on Thursday, several players apparently feel Zidane is ready to quit. Dealing with events outside of his control, a lack of support from some big-name stars, and boredom are the main reasons for his discontent.

The club’s strict COVID-19 protocols have taken away a lot of the joy he used to experience as head coach.

It’s understood the Real Madrid board remain hopeful of extending Zidane’s contract but will respect whatever decision he makes.

Speaking in a press conference on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Sevilla match on Sunday, however, the 48-year-old made it clear his priority lies on the club’s last four La Liga games before the season ends.

“I’m going to make it very easy for Real Madrid because they have always given me everything,” he said.

“But it is not the issue now. We have to finish the season.”

Who could become the next Los Blancos manager?

The 13-time European champions have reportedly narrowed down the list of replacements to three candidates.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Massimiliano Allegri is one coach on the club’s shortlist. The former Juventus manager has been out of a job since leaving Turin in June 2019, but he’s been on Florentino Perez’s radar for quite some time.

Another potential option would be to bring in Raul, who currently coaches the Castilla team. The club legend would be an obvious choice, although German club Eintracht Frankfurt are also allegedly keen.

Joachim Low, who will vacate his role as head coach of the German national team after this summer’s European Championship, is another reported option.