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Zinedine Zidane wants to return to Real Madrid – report



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Real Madrid are part of the managerial roulette ahead of the summer transfer window, with doubts looming large on Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club.

The Italian has fallen short of Barcelona in the league and Spanish Super Cup, but is still in the race for the Champions League — semi-finals against Manchester City — and Copa del Rey — finals against Osasuna.

Despite that, though, Florentino Perez could look to change the scenery at the helm of the club and bring in a new face before starting the rebuild. There are a few names on the table to choose from, too.

Of the available names, Madrid are exploring the options of Mauricio Pochettino, Xabi Alonso, Raul, Julian Nagelsmann, and Zinedine Zidane.

While these names have been associated with the club in the past in some capacity or the other, none comes closer than Zidane, though. The Frenchman created history with Madrid, both as a player and manager.

Last time he was in charge of Madrid, the club ended up winning three Champions Leagues in a row and two La Liga titles over the course of four seasons across two spells.

And if reports from Santi Aouna (h/t MadridXtra) are to be believed, Zidane wants to return to Madrid, if possible.

Last time around, Zidane left Madrid in 2021 after a reported falling out with Florentino Perez and the Madrid board. He has not taken up any jobs since – across the last two seasons – despite being linked with the French national team and PSG, among others.

While Ancelotti’s future is up in the air, it would be too early to rule out that he retains his job as the coach, especially with Madrid still one of the frontrunners for the Champions League alongside Manchester City.

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Real Madrid reach agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham, medical to follow



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In a huge development, David Ornstein of The Athletic is reporting that Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement over the transfer of midfield sensation Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old prodigy had become one of Los Blancos’ main priorities for the summer transfer window and the club had been working on a deal for him for months now.

And after seeing off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, the Merengues managed to reach an agreement with Bellingham over personal terms last month.

Talks with Dortmund were put on hold until the Bundesliga season was over, but things have accelerated in recent times. Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that positive talks had been held between the two clubs.

And now, Real Madrid have reached a total agreement with Dortmund for Bellingham’s signing. As per the report, the transfer fee for the teenage sensation will exceed €100 million, making it one of the most expensive operations in the history of both clubs.

The deal has not been signed yet, but it is considered only a mere formality at this point. Soon, the England international will undergo his medicals in the coming days as well before completing the transfer to Real Madrid.

Bellingham might not be the only Englishman to end up at the Spanish capital this summer as Los Blancos also have their sights set on a move for his national team captain, Harry Kane.

Indeed, the 29-year-old Tottenham Hotspur superstar is a primary target for Real Madrid as a replacement for Karim Benzema, who completed his transfer to Al Ittihad. The Merengues are understood to be preparing an €80 million offer for him, but it could fall short of Spurs’ valuation.

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