Zidane considering quitting Real Madrid after Pogba transfer decision

Spanish giants Real Madrid could be set to lose manager Zinedine Zidane to Juventus, according to a report in French media.

The Frenchman, who was reportedly close to walking out on the 13-time European champions back in August last year, is said to be considering his position once again after Florentino Perez refused to sanction the signing of Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

Zidane allegedly told Real's club president to prioritise a deal for Pogba but this request was turned down and as a result the relationship between the two is turning increasingly sour.

Perez also supposedly entered talks with Jose Mourinho in regards to the manager's job during the months after Zidane's return to the Bernabeu, with the World Cup winner overseeing an underwhelming end to the 2018/19 season.

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This has contributed further to his unhappiness, with the 47-year-old even stating in private that he 'would leave for Juventus the day after' a hypothetical Champions League victory with Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid are yet to release a statement on the matter.

Zidane played for Juventus between 1996 and 2001, where he notched 24 goals and 14 assists in 151 league appearances for the Old Lady.

This earned him his big-money move to Madrid in July 2001 for a then-world record fee of around £46 million.

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He then went on to cement his legacy as one of the greatest central midfielders to grace a football pitch, creating 50 goals in 155 appearances – roughly one assist every three games.

Real Madrid currently lead the way in La Liga, sitting three points ahead of fierce rivals Barcelona having lost just once in the league this season.

They will take on current Premier League champions Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, with the first leg set to take place in Spain on Wednesday 26 February.

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