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Zidane says he is 'strong enough' to lead Real Madrid recovery

Zidane says he is 'strong enough' to lead Real Madrid recovery

Mauricio Pochettino says he is treating Tottenham like a job for life, but he refused to rule out managing Real Madrid in future.

"Pochettino is top of Real Madrid's wanted list; he is number one, number two, number three and number four for [Madrid President] Florentino Perez,"He definitely wants Pochettino, there's no doubt about that".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he would rather work at a farm than join Barcelona as a manager. I grew up with Newell's Old Boys and will never manage [their rivals] Rosario Central.

'You never know what will happen in football, ' said Pochettino, before stating the sides he could definitely rule out. But my commitment is massive. As I say, when we do not have good results, when there are so many negative things, all these must be accepted and I accepted it when I took my job.

Real Madrid have endured a very hard 2017/18 campaign so far, as they find themselves fourth in the La Liga standings, a whopping 19 points behind leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona.

The club's only hopes of silverware now lie in the UEFA Champions League where they face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. "And then I look stupid saying I am not going to work in one place or another or another", he said.

Real have endured a torrid season under Zidane, with the European champions sitting fourth in La Liga even after their emphatic win at the Mestalla. Zidane, meanwhile, has been slow to respond to his team's struggles and make the changes required to turn their form around.

Real Madrid are planning a raid on the Premier League's biggest stars in the summer, eyeing moves for Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Manchester United's David de Gea.

Los Blancos are drawing up contingency plans in the event that they sack under-pressure boss Zinedine Zidane, and have earmarked Pochettino as the man to replace the Frenchman in the dugout.

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