Real Madrid Open Talks With Zinedine Zidane as Possible Carlo Ancelotti Replacement

Real Madrid Open Talks With Zinedine Zidane as Possible Carlo Ancelotti Replacement

Isaac Darko
April 27, 2023 at 5:57 PM
  • Real Madrid have identified Zinedine Zidane as a potential replacement for manager Carlo Ancelotti
  • Ancelotti is currently under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2024
  • But the Italian could leave the club early to take over as coach of the Brazil national team

Zinedine Zidane may be in position for a surprise comeback to Real Madrid this summer, two years after departing the club once again as manager.

Los Blancos' feeble La Liga title defence this season and Brazil's national team's interest in Carlo Ancelotti have cast doubt on the Italian's future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish giants would need a new head coach if Ancelotti were to leave, and it seems like Zidane would be a strong candidate to succeed the former Chelsea gaffer.

Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid, Florentino Perez
Real Madrid have initiated contact with Zinedine Zidane, who could return to the Santiago Bernabeu if current boss Carlo Ancelotti leaves. Credit: @madriduniversal
Source: Twitter

According to Foot Mercato, Real Madrid are in contact with Zidane over possibly returning for a third spell as head coach. The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving in 2021, but that could be about to change.

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Zizou resigned from his post in 2018 but following Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari's brief disappointing spells in charge of Madrid, the three-time FIFA Player of the Year returned to the club less than a year later.

Zidane's managerial career

The 50-year-old enjoyed two special stints as manager of Real Madrid, leading the club to a hat-trick of Champions League triumphs in his first spell, along with several other titles and won the La Liga title in his second stint.

Zidane led Real Madrid to as many as 11 trophies across two spells before stepping away in 2021, per Madrid Universal.

Since then, he has been unattached and has been waiting for the France national team job. But with Didier Deschamps renewing his contract, that is no longer an option.

Ancelotti apologises to Real Madrid fans

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Real Madrid saw any hope of them retaining their La Liga title disappear after they were embarrassingly thrashed 4-2 by Girona on Tuesday night.

Despite having 72% possession, Los Blancos, who had not conceded a goal in La Liga in their previous six games, were outplayed by the Catalans and created far fewer chances than the hosts.

Carlo Ancelotti has now apologised to the Real Madrid fans following the embarrassing defeat. He has vowed that the team will bounce back in its remaining competitions.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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