Reports in the UK have suggested that Zinedine Zidane decided to step down as Real Madrid boss after clashing with president Florentino Perez.
The Frenchman, who guided Real to a third successive UEFA Champions League crown at the end of May, had wanted to bring in Eden Hazard from Chelsea and make another approach for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, a long-time target for the club.
But, according to The Sun, having been turned down in his requests, Zidane apparently made the decision to walk, to the shock of the president who came out in the wake of his decision as having been a huge admirer of the 1998 World Cup winner.
Real have yet to step up moves to replace Zidane, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino still linked – while Hoffenheim’s young coach Julian Nagelsmann, who led the German side to a first-ever Champions League qualification by finishing third in the Bundesliga, is reportedly another target.
Whoever the coach is, they will know any day now whether they will have Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad. The Portuguese superstar, whose future at Real is uncertain, linked up with his international team-mates for the first time on Monday 4 June ahead of the World Cup.