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Mauricio Pochettino ‘leading candidate’ for managerial role at Real Madrid

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is in the pole position to become the next manager of Real Madrid, as per Diario AS.

Madrid are understandably on the lookout for a new manager as current boss Carlo Ancelotti has been heavily linked with an exit this summer.

Reports suggest that Ancelotti will take over the Brazilian national team, who are optimistic about appointing the Italian as their head coach.

Pochettino has been without a job since he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Tottenham are reportedly vying for Pochettino, who is among the candidates for the managerial role following the dismissal of Antonio Conte.

However, Madrid are now looking to throw a spanner in the works of the Lilywhites as they have earmarked Pochettino as their primary target.

Los Merengues president Florentino Perez is an admirer of the former Espanyol manager, and he believes he is the ideal figure to take over at Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Pochettino is no stranger to Madrid, as he was previously on the club’s radar.

The 51-year-old had a tremendous impact during his stint with Spurs, transforming them into regular top-four contenders in the Premier League and helping them reach the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season.

His time at PSG didn’t pan out well, and repeated failure in the Champions League led to his departure.

Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently sacked by Bayern Munich, is also on the wishlist of the Spanish giants for the managerial position.

However, the young German manager is not in a hurry to decide on his future and would prefer a move to the Premier League.

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