Sorry Klopp: Zinedine Zidane is new favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid

Real Madrid Bernabeu

The outgoing Borussia Dortmund manager is no longer the bookmaker’s favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti, with a club legend emerging as the front-runner.

Zinedine Zidane could be closing in on the top job at Real Madrid, if the latest bookmaker odds are to be believed.

The Frenchman has emerged as the new front-runner to replace the under-pressure Carlo Ancelotti, according to data compiled by Oddschecker.

A Champions League winner with Los Blancos during his time as a player, the 42-year-old has been in charge of the Real Madrid Castilla team since June of last year.

Prior to that, Zidane had worked as assistant manager to Ancelotti at the club.

A Real Madrid legend who played 225 games and scored 49 goals Los Merengues, those behind the scenes at the Bernabeu may have already earmarked the Frenchman as their next manager.

The appointment of Zidane would see the club follow a similar path set out by Barcelona back in 2008, when then B-team manager Pep Guardiola was handed the reins.

Guardiola went on to enjoy unprecedented success at the club and it would appear Real may be banking on Zidane doing the same with Zizou as short as 2/1 to take over from Ancelotti.

The Italian appears to edging towards the exit door after being eliminated from the Champions League at the semi-final stage.

Real are also five points behind Barcelona in La Liga with just two games remaining.

Zidane could yet face competition for the Madrid job though, with Jurgen Klopp available at just 3/1 to move into the Los Blancos hotseat.

Fellow club legend Fernando Hierro also remains in contention with the former Spain and Real captain back at around 8/1.

Ancelotti’s exit could yet prompt change in the Premier League too, with the Italian consistently linked with the Manchester City where current coach Manuel Pellegrini has underperformed this term.

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