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Zinedine Zidane lined up as Ancelotti successor

Two Sky Sports correspondents have kicked up a storm in Spain today by claiming that Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club is very much in doubt and that the Italian’s successor is destined to be Zinedine Zidane.

Guillem Balague wrote in his Sky Sports column today that he would be surprised if Carlo Ancelotti is still in charge of Real Madrid come next summer and that the former PSG coach nearly got sacked at the end of his first season in charge, his only saving grace having been the Champions League win.

Colleague Graham Hunter weighed in with a seemingly more sensible hypothesis later on in the day. Hunter believes that the plan has always been for Castilla coach and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane to take over from Ancelotti, but Real Madrid wanted him to get sufficient experience before offering him the role, hence his decision to manage the club’s second team. Hunter had the following to say:

“Therefore maybe there’s a small chance that if Ancelotti is in a risk in the summer, they’ll say, ‘we’ll wait a year with him’. And Zizou will come through.”

Perhaps Zinedine Zidane is therefore just another season and a bit away from managing Real Madrid.

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