Zidane has once quit his post at Madrid on 2018.
MADRID — Real Madrid is considering Massimiliano Allegri and the club legend Raul Gonzalez to replace Zinedine Zidane. The consideration follows the opportunity for the French coach to leave at the end of the season.
Allegri has been unemployed since leaving Juventus on 2019. Raul is currently in charge of the Madrid B team, Castile. Raul is considered the candidate with the best position, but not the only name on the selected list.
Zidane has once quit his post at Madrid on 2018. Zidane has consistently refused to confirm that he will keep his contract which runs until 2022.
“There are times when you have to stay, and others when you have to go,” Zidane said while hinting at a press conference on Saturday ESPN, Monday (17/5).
Radio station Zero Wave reported Zidane telling his players that he would not continue as coach. The news was conveyed during team talks ahead of their La Liga match with Sevilla last weekend.
Anonymous sources told ESPN that Zidane has increased the chances of leaving at the end of the season. However, sources have shared the feeling among the squad that Zidane is likely to leave.
The coach has not yet told the club if he will continue coaching there. Madrid executives hope to discuss his future at the end of the season. Madrid wants Zidane to stay up to 2022, but preparations have been made if there is a possibility of exiting, according to that source.
Apart from Allegri and Raul, Belgian coach Roberto Martinez also touted as a potential successor. President Florentino Perez has been a long-term admirer of Allegri, and his track record and experience managing star players were seen as factors in his favor. As for Raul, he has impressed when handling Castilla since 2019.
The source added that Raul had attracted interest from Eintracht Frankfurt but was waiting for news about Madrid's work before making a decision.
“This is my house, where I want to be, where I feel like mine … I'm a club, I work, I am happy in my house, and I hope to continue,” kata raul.
Club sources told ESPN that for now, nothing has changed. Talks with Zidane will wait until the La Liga season ends next weekend.
“We'll see if that's confirmed,” said one source.