Zinedine Zidane’s decision to walk away from Real Madrid on Thursday will have wider ramifications for European football.
One or two clubs will be casting nervous glances in the direction of the Spanish capital, mindful of the lure that the 13-time European Champions possess.
One such club is Tottenham, who currently employ one of the brightest managers in European football in Mauricio Pochettino.
Reports in England have claimed that the Spurs manager has jumped to the top of Real’s wishlist to lead the club into the post-Zidane here – however, Spurs are not in the mood to lose one of their prize assets.
The Times have alleged that the Premier League side would around £42.5m from Real to even consider allowing their manager to leave, but also that they remain confident of keeping him. Contrary to some Spanish reports, though, no official approach has been made.
Pochettino recently signed a new five-year deal to keep him at White Hart lane – one which Tottenham insists contains no buyout fee or clause that allows him to speak to Real – and on that basis, as well as the 46-year-old’s happiness at the club and eagerness to continue the project – the English outfit are confident that the former Espanyol boss will still be in North London next season.
Pochettino, for his part, had always spoken of Real’s interest in a hypothetical sense, as Zidane was firmly settled at the Spanish giants at the time. However, now that it is more of a tangible prospect, his attitude towards a return to La Liga may be somewhat different.