Conte, Low, Pochettino and the coaches who could replace Zidane at Madrid

The Frenchman is under pressure following his side's recent poor form and here is a look at some of the men who could succeed him in the summer

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    Joachim Low

    Real Madrid have long admired the Germany boss and he has been considered on a number of occasions in the past few seasons to coach Los Blancos.

    His commitment to the national team has dashed those hopes up until now and his current contract runs until 2020, but he could consider a move to Real if the position becomes available this summer, after he has led Germany in the defence of the World Cup crown they won in 2014.

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    Antonio Conte

    The Chelsea manager is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2019, but admitted just this week that "anything is possible" and it looks increasingly likely the former Italy and Juventus boss could be moving on in the summer.

    Having led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge and won Serie A three times as Juve coach, his stock is high in Spain and he will certainly be one of the names on Madrid's shortlist if Zidane ends up leaving at the end of this season.

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    Mauricio Pochettino

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been a fan of the current Tottenham manager since his spell in charge at Espanyol and the Argentine's impressive work at Spurs has not gone unnoticed by the 10-time European champions.

    Pochettino will be among Madrid's top targets when Zidane leaves the club, be it this summer or further down the line, although the one concern at Real is the fact that the 45-year-old is yet to win a trophy in his coaching career.

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    Unai Emery

    The last-16 Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain could have a big bearing on the futures of both Zidane and PSG boss Unai Emery.

    Failure to make his mark in Europe this season is likely to see Emery replaced at the Parc des Princes in the summer and Madrid could make a move for the Basque, who was considered before Zidane took over in 2016 and is well regarded at the Santiago Bernabeu after winning the Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla.

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    Marcelino Garcia Toral

    Another Spanish coach impressing at the moment is Marcelino, the 52-year-old has been a revelation in La Liga this season after leading Valencia into the top three, and above Real Madrid, following several seasons in the lower reaches of the table.

    Marcelino has transformed many of Valencia's players since arriving at Mestalla in the summer and that, along with his exciting brand of fearless football, is likely to make him an attractive option for a Madrid team seemingly lacking motivation after winning five trophies in 2017.

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    Leonardo Jardim

    The Portuguese is considered one of Europe's most exciting coaches at the moment and the man from Madeira may be a popular choice with that island's most famous citizen, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Real Madrid.

    Jardim led Monaco to the title in Ligue 1 last season ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, but lost many of his best players - including Kylian Mbappe - in the summer and could be tempted by a new challenge. He is likely to be among the names on Madrid's list should Zidane depart at the end of this season.

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    Arsene Wenger

    At the height of his success at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger was targeted on several occasions by Real Madrid. However, he always chose to stay loyal to the Gunners and a move never materialised.

    With Arsenal struggling to keep pace in the Premier League this season, this looks like being his last season in north London and that could alert Madrid if they dispense with Zidane and other top-level coaches are not available in the summer.

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    Maurizio Sarri

    Napoli are one of the most attractive sides in Europe under Maurizio Sarri and if Real Madrid want more of a top tactician for their next coaching appointment, he could be their man.

    The 59-year-old has worked his way to the top in a long career, coaching 10 smaller sides in Italy prior to his appointment at Napoli, and although he has not won trophies, he was named Serie A coach of the year in 2016-17 and has even been compared to Pep Guardiola.

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    Massimiliano Allegri

    Allegri has led Juventus to three Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles at the Turin outfit, losing Champions League finals to Barcelona (in 2014-15) and Real Madrid (in 2016-17) along the way.

    The 50-year-old, also a Serie A winner with AC Milan, is one of Europe's most highly-rated coaches and is likely to be among those being watched by Real Madrid. At the moment, however, a move to the Premier League looks more likely if he leaves Juve, with Chelsea and Arsenal both keeping tabs and Allegri also learning English.

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    Jose Mourinho

    Although his time at the Santiago Bernabeu was turbulent to say the last, Jose Mourinho remains on good terms with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and the Portuguese could return as coach one day.

    Currently amid an ambitious project at Manchester United, a move to Madrid in the summer would be out of the question unless he were to leave Old Trafford at the end of this season - and he would not be a popular choice with many of Real's current squad, either...