Zinedine Zidane & Real Madrid
It was back to the future for Real Madrid on Monday as the Spanish powerhouse reappointed Zinedine Zidane as their manager.
Zidane has been out of work for nine months.
Previously, the French legend had led Madrid to three Champions League trophies in a row.
Now, Zidane returns to the Santiago Bernbaeu in an attempt to rescue a team in major decline.
Real Madrid will not win a trophy this season.
Zidane’s mission seems to be to prepare the club for a summer of intense transition.
Good for Tottenham, bad for Chelsea
Zidane’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu will have an impact in the Premier League.
Both Tottenham and Chelsea will have paid close attention to Monday’s events in Madrid.
For Spurs, Zidane’s return to Real should prove to be a positive.
Chelsea fans, however, should be worried.
Spurs & Mauricio Pochettino
Some may argue that Mauricio Pochettino’s shine has worn thin in recent weeks as Tottenham have struggled domestically.
However in the recent past, Pochettino has been linked with the Real Madrid job, as well as the one at Man United.
As reported in the Times on Tuesday, it’s now looking increasingly certain that Pochettino will still be at Tottenham at the start of next season:
Zidane’s hiring… appears to clarify Mauricio Pochettino’s destiny.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager has been linked with Real and Manchester United, but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer almost certain to get the United job permanently, both those vacancies appear to be filled, and he seems all but certain to stay at Spurs.
Chelsea & Eden Hazard
For Chelsea, though, Zidane’s appointment should trigger alarm bells.
Eden Hazard has long been linked with a Real Madrid move.
Hazard is a known admirer of Zidane, and one assumes the Belgian will be keen to work with Zizou in Madrid. The Times note:
The Belgium midfielder, 28, whose contract expires next year, shares a strong mutual admiration with Zidane.
Hazard has described Zidane as his “idol” and said that “to play under Zidane would be a dream”, while Zidane once said that he would take Hazard to Real Madrid “with [his] eyes closed”.
Gareth Bale & Jose Mourinho
What’s the impact of Zidane’s Real Madrid return for Gareth Bale?
Bale has been targeted by Madrid’s fans this season, and the sense is that Zidane’s appointment isn’t great news for the Welsh star.
Memorably, immediately after Bale’s two goals lead Madrid to the Champions League title last season, the former Spurs forward discuss potentially leaving the club due to a lack of minutes under Zidane.
Will Bale be more favoured this time around?
Lastly, Jose Mourinho is also impacted by Zidane’s latest contract.
Real fans have been singing about Mourinho in recent weeks, however the Special One will now have to join another club if he wants to return to top flight club management.
Will Mourinho end up at Inter Milan again?