Mauricio Pochettino ‘is Real Madrid’s first choice to replace Zinedine Zidane’ as they join Tottenham on a hunt for Argentinian frustrated by lack of control at PSG
- Mauricio Pochettino is said to be frustrated by a lack of control at PSG
- Tottenham is monitoring the situation and can make a move for their old boss
- Real Madrid are also in the market for a manager after Zinedine Zidane stepped down
- First choice was Maximiliano Allegri, but he goes back to Juventus
Real Madrid has plans for PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman has left Bernabéu for the second time after seeing his side drop out of the Champions League by Chelsea and finishing second behind Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.
Initially, Real wanted former Juventus boss Maximiliano Allegri to take the top spot, but the Italian club has moved quickly and is ready to replace Andrea Pirlo after a dismal season in Turin.
Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the main management target for Real Madrid
The Spanish side fell short in LaLiga this season, with Atletico Madrid winning the title
Pochettino has since emerged as the Spanish side’s main target, said Target.
The Argentinian took over at PSG less than six months ago and is in talks with his former club Tottenham about his return to White Hart Lane.
Jose Mourinho has not been replaced and Ryan Mason came in as interim boss to see the season.
Pochettino is reportedly frustrated by his lack of control at PSG and clashed with sporting director Leonardo.
Zinedine Zidane (left) is gone and Florentino Perez (right) has his sights set on Pochettino
But the 49-year-old parted Spurs on bad terms with Daniel Levy and would return to many of the troubles he left with the club.
That said, the Athletic reports that many of the Spurs players are excited by the prospect of their old manager coming back for a second stint, and the feeling is mutual.
Real could be an even more attractive option, preferring club legend Raul and recently departed Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
The Argentinian has control issues at PSG and could leave less than six months after joining
However, it can still be incredibly difficult for Pochettino to leave PSG, even if he and Real have the will to make a deal.
He is contracted until the summer of 2022 and the French club would keep the aces in negotiation as they would demand hefty compensation.
Pochettino led PSG to the Coupe de France trophy, but saw his side stunned by the surprise Ligue 1 champion Lille.