TOTTENHAM are being linked with a move for Zinedine Zidane as they search for a new manager following Antonio Conte’s departure.
Conte, 53, left by mutual consent on Sunday evening after a 16-month stint in charge of the club.
He exited under a cloud following a rant about the players and club in the wake of a 3-3 draw with Southampton before the international break.
But now his departure has been confirmed, a number of candidates are being linked with the role.
Spurs have given themselves time to appoint a long-term successor after handing the caretaker role to Cristian Stellini until the end of the season.
But a permanent replacement remains the focus for Tottenham chiefs.
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And a return for Mauricio Pochettino is one of the possible options for the summer.
Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann and ex-Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique have also been mooted.
But according to Sky Sports Italia, Real Madrid legend Zidane is also on Spurs’ shortlist.
The 50-year-old has been out of work since leaving Los Blancos for the second time at the end of the 2020/21 season.
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During his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu, he won an incredible three Champions Leagues in a row.
It was widely reported he was holding out for the France job under the assumption Didier Deschamps would leave after the Qatar World Cup.
But after guiding Les Bleus to a second successive World Cup final, Deschamps penned a new deal to keep him in the job until 2026.
Zidane has also been linked with the PSG job should Christophe Galtier be sacked at the end of the season.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk