Spanish press disclose update on Real Madrid's pursuit of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

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Real Madrid have reportedly made Mauricio Pochettino one of three targets to replace Zinedine Zidane this summer.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are looking for replacements for manager Zinedine Zidane - and Mauricio Pochettino is one target.

The Santiago Bernabeu dugout is once again resembling more of a revolving door, as after Carlo Ancelotti's departure last summer, Real made the surprise appointment of Rafa Benitez.

Benitez lasted just seven months before being replaced by Zinedine Zidane, a Real Madrid legend - and despite having only dropped four points in eight games in all competitions, the Frenchman may be out of a job this summer, with Real still nine points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that president Florentino Perez is likely to seek a new manager this summer, and he has three targets in mind.

German national team boss Joachim Loew is one such target having won the World Cup in 2014, and he may fancy a crack at club management with a European giant after Euro 2016 this summer.

Another alleged target is Jose Mourinho, who left Real in the summer of 2013 - but with many expecting him to join Manchester United at the end of the season, it seems unlikely that the Portuguese manager will return to the Spanish capital any time soon.

Finally, it's suggested that Real are also keen on Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has experience in La Liga having managed Espanyol, but it's in England where his stock has really exploded.

Pochettino not only impressed with Southampton, but has now turned Tottenham - previously on the fringes of the top four - into a title challenger, and given that Spurs lie just two points behind league leaders Leicester City, he may end the season with a historic Premier League title to his name.

One of the most impressive young managers in world football, Pochettino is bound to attract interest over the coming years, but he'd be wise to stay at Spurs, for now at least. Tottenham appear to be building something special, with a superb crop of young players and a new stadium on the way, whilst there is little job security at Real Madrid, and an expectation to sign the world's top players rather than develop youth, a policy Pochettino doesn't really mesh well with.

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