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Real Madrid legend among the candidates to replace Hansi Flick as Germany coach

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Earlier today, Germany announced that they would be parting ways with their head coach Hansi Flick after a 4-1 friendly loss to Japan the latest blemish in Flick’s unfathomably poor stint in charge of the national team.

The former Bayern Munich coach, despite achieving unprecedented success with the Bavarians – leading them to a treble – just could not get his players going with Die Mannschaft.

The loss to Japan was their third loss in a row, and the Germans have failed to win any of their last five games.

In lining up replacements for the coveted job, German newspaper BILD has identified former Real Madrid icon and Champions League three-peat-winning coach Zinedine Zidane as one of the options to take over from Flick.

Other big names also being considered

Zidane’s illustrious history at club level and the respect he commands due to his stature as a player could be just the boost that a distraught Germany may need.

The group seems rather unmotivated and there seems to be no tactical system that is adequately suiting their needs despite the talent that they always possess.

A huge slump. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Bernd Neuendorf, president of the DFB, noted in the official statement that letting go of Flick was a tough decision but something needs to change.

“The Council agreed that the team needs a new boost after recent disappointing results. We need a spirit of optimism and confidence ahead of the European Championship in our own country.”

Neuendorf also stated that it was one of the most difficult decisions of his term so far, but it was inevitable because sporting success always takes highest priority for Germany.

Jurgen Nagelsmann, Louis Van Gaal, Oliver Glasner and a couple more names are also in contention for the job.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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