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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 superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown



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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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