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Attentions are now turning to Zinedine Zidane’s next move.

Where next for Zinedine Zidane? (John Walton/EMPICS)
Where next for Zinedine Zidane? (John Walton/EMPICS)

Following Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid exit, all the talk is about his potential successor as head coach. According to The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is among the candidates being targeted to take over at the Bernabeu after he guided the Reds to the Champions League final.

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Speculation is also growing about Zidane’s next move. The Sun reports that Chelsea are lining up the Frenchman as a replacement for Antonio Conte, but should their rumoured plans fall through, Laurent Blanc – like Zidane a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 1998 – is said to be among the favourites to lead the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Could Real Madrid target Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino? (PA)

Tottenham, meanwhile, are preparing for a possible approach from Real Madrid for their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Mirror. It is thought the Argentinian, who recently signed a new five-year deal to take Spurs back to their revamped White Hart Lane stadium, is well regarded by the Bernabeu hierarchy, having played and coached in Spain before.

Back to Chelsea, and with reports mounting that Thibaut Courtois could leave Stamford Bridge this summer, a new goalkeeper is also seemingly top of the Blues’ transfer wishlist. Brazil international Alisson is said to be the main target, according to the Mirror, but Liverpool are also reported to be in pursuit of a new stopper and may also look to the Roma star come the transfer window.

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John Terry: With Terry leaving Aston Villa and Frank Lampard arriving at Derby, it is thought the former Chelsea team-mates could potentially work together again. According to The Mirror, Lampard in his new role as manager has not ruled out bringing his former captain to Pride Park, simply saying: “We are close, and he will definitely be there for me.”

Gareth Bale: Despite his impressive bicycle-kick goal in the Champions League final, the Welshman has suggested he is unsettled in Spain. But Real Madrid now appear keen to keep hold of their winger amid growing interest from Manchester United, the Mail reports, and the Spanish club are said to be putting a £121million price tag on the star man before considering any offers to sell.

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