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While the Tottenham manager boasts an immaculate reputation in the game and has always been viewed as a Real Madrid boss in waiting by the club's president Florentino Perez, so many aspects of this potential marriage suggest it would be a prelude for a quickie divorce. "[Ex-Newells Old Boys coach] Jorge Griffa told me once that I must let football take me along, not insist on changing my own fate".

Germany boss Joachim Low meanwhile has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Real manager.

Pochettino, who joined Spurs in 2014, said: "I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together".

Zidane, a former Madrid star and France worldwide, was one of the greatest players of his generation, winning trophies that included the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final.

It was an unexpected move, but many Real Madrid players have come out to say they're sorry to see the former Juventus and Bordeaux player leave the club.

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Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "proud" to have played for Zinedine Zidane after the Real Madrid coach announced his shock departure. For now though, it seems Zidane is holding out till the end of the World Cup before taking any decisions. "The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I can not do that, that would betray my club".

He has won many trophies at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard, who is definitely one of the best Premier League attackers in recent memory, is seemingly destined for a move out of Stamford Bridge, which might pave the way for Gareth Bale to make a direct switch to Chelsea this summer.

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Zidane revealed his decision in a hastily-arranged press conference in the Spanish capital on Thursday.