Zinedine Zidane is reportedly set to leave Real Madrid this summer in a bid to gain managerial experience and could follow the route of Aitor Karanka.
As a player Zinedine Zidane missed out on a Premier League move to Blackburn Rovers early in his career but, as a manager, the Frenchman could now be set to cut his teeth in the English top-flight.
Back then it was club owner Jack Walker who vetoed the move, rebuffing Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish’s calls to recruit the then Bordeaux youngster with the question: “Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
And, while an outside shot for the job, it would be somehow fitting if Zizou’s first step into football management sees him take over from Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur, with the former Blackburn captain likely to depart White Hart Lane this summer.
Zidane is also on the move, with Marca reporting that the Frenchman is to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season in a bid to gain more managerial experience.
The decision comes with the blessing of the Real Madrid hierarchy, many of whom see the former World Player of the Year as a future Los Blanco coach, but one that requires more experience before he can move into the Los Merengues hot-seat.
Marca has already linked Zizou with AS Monaco but Zidane could ultimately following the path taken by fellow Real legend Aitor Karanka and move to England.
The former Los Blancos defender and current Middlesbrough manager worked as Real Madrid assistant manager in the three years prior to Zidane taking up the role and, despite a slow start to life at the Riverside, Boro are being tipped as dark horses for promotion next term, following a run of five wins from their last seven.
It’s unknown as to whether his Galacticos teammate would be open to a move to the Championship, where the likes of Leeds United could offer him a great opportunity to make an impact in management, but any offer from the Premier League is likely to be too hard to resist.
And with Tottenham set to miss out on Louis van Gaal, taking on Zidane could be a move akin to Barcelona’s decision to give the untried Pep Guardiola the top role all those years ago.