Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid have lined up a plan B option if Zinedine Zidane decides to leave the club and have identified club legend Raul and Germany boss Joachim Low as their top targets to replace the Frenchman.
Zidane has just one year left on his present contract with his side still have it all to play for this season.
Los Blancos are just 6 points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid and are also in the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
It can be recalled that the Frenchman quit the club two years into his first spell in 2018 and has been under pressure this season after his side’s slow start to the season.
He has been linked with an exit and the Madrid hierarchy ae lining up contingencies if he decides to leave. Therefore, club president Florentino Perez now has his eyes on Raul or Low according to AS.
Raul’s history with the club, as well as his iconic status could play a part. The Spaniard played 741 games for Los Blancos and has been in charge of the club’s academy since 2019.
He has been identified as the successor to Zidane and this will be more feasible for the club as it would be an easy internal appointment.
Meanwhile, Joachim Low will become a free agent in the summer after announcing that he will leave his role as Germany national team coach after a 14-yea stint.
Regardless, ensuring that Zidane continues with the job would be the best option for Real Madrid as his side have been impressive in the UCL.
On the other hand, Low has serious pedigree having won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil in 2014 and turning the team into regular challenges in all major tournaments. They’ve failed to make the semi-finals of any major competition just once.
The 61-year-old has previously admitted interest in managing a club and would like to try it out with a team in a different country. He has previously referred to the Real Madrid job as an interesting job for a coach.
‘I’ll hopefully see out my contract, but my race as a national team coach is almost run, and you must start making plans at some point,’ he said in 2018.
‘I’d be interested in coaching at club level. I don’t plan on retiring. It would be abroad. I don’t think it’ll be in Germany.
‘[Real are] a club which is interesting for every coach, right?’