Mauricio Pochettino opens door to move to Real Madrid

Arsene Wenger is considering his next role

We say brief, but two and half years at Real Madrid is good going, with their notoriously impatient fans demanding constant success. "So Zidane did the right thing, now he's not subject to anyone".

Real Madrid players have been paying emotional tributes to Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman stepped down as the club's manager on Thursday. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more.

Just days ago Zinedine Zidane was basking in the glory of becoming the first coach in history to win three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid and staking a claim as one of the great coaches in history. "You saw in the Copa [del Rey] this season and I can't forget our domestic campaign that easily". After three years, it is hard to keep coaching, above all, having won three Champions Leagues.

As to his future plans, Zidane said he was not looking to rush back into management.

"Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club". I am not exhausted of coaching after three years. "I'll have to sit down with my agent and talk about it".

More news: Spain's Carvajal still hoping to play at World Cup

Club captain Sergio Ramos, German midfielder Toni Kroos and star player Cristiano Ronaldo were among those who led the tributes to Zidane, with Ronaldo captioning a picture of himself and Zidane: "I just feel proud to have been your player". "It is an unexpected decision - I loved him as a player and coach, and wanted him always at my side". "It's one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I respect greatly what he has done and his decision".

Naturally that sent Spurs fans into meltdown, with the early favourite with the bookmakers to succeed the World Cup victor at the Santiago Bernabeu being Mauricio Pochettino.

Asked about that possibility ahead of his country's World Cup 2018 warm-up friendly against Austria on Saturday, the 58-year-old said he had no interest at all in the job and was exclusively focused on preparing for his side's defence of their World Cup trophy in Russian Federation over the coming weeks.

Zidane was appointed as Real Madrid boss in January 2016 and took charge of Madrid 149 times.

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