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UCL winning manager appealed by the idea of coaching Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus



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Interestingly enough, only three of the last five Champions League-winning managers are currently in a club job.

Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid in 2018 and has not returned to coaching since, while Hansi Flick took up the responsibility of managing the German national team. Most curiously, Thomas Tuchel was sacked as Chelsea manager this year, and will likely take a sabbatical as well before returning to football.

Tuchel has already managed Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea in his managerial career. There are few teams in the world bigger than the three, and it seems the German has already set his eyes on them.

A report from BILD (h/t MadridXtra) claims that Tuchel is ‘appealed’ by the idea of managing Barcelona, Real Madrid, or Juventus in the near future.

Of the three, it seems the Madrid job will be the perfect fit for the former Chelsea boss. Not only will it fall in line with the club’s mentality of hiring big coaches, but the current crop of Galacticos would also fit Tuchel’s tactical approach.

Carlo Ancelotti has previously stated that he is likely to retire at the end of his Madrid coaching tenure – whenever that may be.

If history is anything to go by, though, the Italian could face fire if he fails to win trophies this season. He was sacked at the end of the 2014/15 campaign after going trophyless, even though Madrid famously won the Champions League in the 2013/14 season under him.

As for Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri has received Juventus’ board backing despite failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The Old Lady are, somehow, third in the Serie A, with the table separated by just nine points between second-placed AC Milan and eighth-placed Udinese.

Barcelona’s case is definitely the most farfetched, though. Xavi’s team are currently sitting top of La Liga, and Joan Laport has already gone on record to give the Spaniard his unconditional backing for the project.

That said, it seems rather impossible that either of the three teams will be looking for a manager in between this season. At the end of it, however, Tuchel could be facing a potential interview for his dream job.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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