sport news begin search for Zinedine Zidane's successor and eye Pochettino

have started their search for Zinedine Zidane's replacement - but will face a challenge to lure Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to the Bernabeu.

Less than a week after leading Los Blancos to Champions League glory for a third straight season with victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Zidane announced his shock departure.

Real president Florentino Perez maintained he had only heard of the head coach's decision to quit late on Wednesday, with Zidane declaring it was 'time to go out at the top' at Thursday's hastily-convened press conference.

Real Madrid have begun search to replace Zinedine Zidane's with Mauricio Pochettino a target

have begun search to replace Zinedine Zidane's with Mauricio Pochettino a target

Despite their consistent European success, Zidane's long-term future continued to be the subject of speculation during a disappointing LaLiga campaign which saw Real struggle to finish third, some 17 points behind their bitter rivals Barcelona.

Following the shock announcement, attention swiftly turned to who would be the man charged with leading the European champions next season as they look to wrestle back domestic dominance.

Pochettino agreed a new five-year contract with Spurs last week, but the former Espanyol and Southampton boss is said to be on Real's shortlist.

Following another season of finishing in the top three of the Premier League, Tottenham - set to move back into a new redeveloped home stadium next season - remain determined to see Pochettino at the helm.

It is understood there is no buy-out clause in the terms of Pochettino's new deal and no verbal agreement with chairman Daniel Levy that the 46-year-old could leave should come calling.

Zidane made the shock announcement on Thursday that he would be leaving the Bernabeu

Zidane made the shock announcement on Thursday that he would be leaving the Bernabeu

ZIDANE'S HONOURS AT

Champions League (3): 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18

La Liga: 2016-17

Spanish Super Cup: 2017

UEFA Super Cup (2): 2016, 2017

FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2016, 2017

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