Rossi: Zidane's Madrid exit hard to understand

Jo Caldwell
June 2, 2018

Pochettino signed a new, improved contract extension until 2023 last week and Spanish sports newspaper AS reported Friday that it does not contain any written agreement allowing him to leave if Real make an approach.

Real Madrid fans and world football were left shellshocked as Zinedine Zidane announced that he was stepping down from the managerial role at Real Madrid.

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.

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

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.

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"When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them". "I enjoy life as it happens, and what must be, will be".

Pochettino's great strength during his time in charge or Southampton and then at Tottenham has been his ability to build bonds with his players, with the loyalty he needs to flourish as a coach needing time to flourish among players willing to embrace his philosophy.

"I'm less certain about Pochettino", Purslow said.

He has been in charge of Germany since 2006 and led them to World Cup glory four years ago. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League.

And in a social media post, Ronaldo was quick to pay tribute to departing Madrid coach Zidane.

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"I don't see myself continuing to win this year and I am a victor, I don't like to lose", said Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.

Mauricio Pochettino has not shut the door on taking over at Real Madrid, but does not want to leave Tottenham Hotspur in bad circumstances, it has been claimed.

Zidane confirmed his departure at the start of the news briefing, just five days after he presided over the 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

The 45-year-old won nine trophies following his appointment in 2016 and seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi was among those surprised by Zidane's exit.

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