'Zidane to Juventus is a real possibility' - Tudor sees former team-mate in Turin, not Manchester

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The former Real Madrid boss has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, but he is believed to prefer a return to Serie A

Zinedine Zidane returning to Juventus in a managerial capacity is “a real possibility”, according to the Frenchman’s former team-mate Igor Tudor.

Having walked away from Real Madrid at the end of last season, an iconic figure of the modern era currently finds himself without a job.

Zidane has, however, declared his intention to return to coaching at some point in the near future.

A role in England at Manchester United has been mooted, amid uncertainty regarding Jose Mourinho’s future, while Bayern Munich have been billed as another potential destination.

Tudor, though, expects an ex-Juve talisman to want to head back to Turin at some point, with there a desire on his part to prove that his success in Spain was no fluke.

The Croat, who spent nine years with the Bianconeri during his playing days, told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Zidane back to Juventus? After winning everything, there is a real possibility that this will happen.

“Zizou will want to show that he is a great coach even away from Madrid. Juventus could be an important challenge.”

While Zidane may form part of Juve’s future, their present is very much about bringing the best out of a star-studded squad.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was added to their ranks over the summer, with the Portuguese complementing a number of exciting attacking stars at the Allianz Stadium.

Mario Mandzukic Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Napoli 2018-19

“Ronaldo is very hungry, while [Mario] Mandzukic has great qualities and complements the Portuguese greatly,” said Tudor.

“I like to see great champions play together, and there is also [Paulo] Dybala and Douglas Costa. In Turin there is something special.”

Juve are hoping those “special” qualities will deliver more major silverware this season.

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They are currently chasing down an eighth successive Serie A title and there is a burning desire to savour European glory after a number of near misses in recent years.

“Negativity about the Champions League? I would not say negativity, the trophy is hard to win for everyone,” added Tudor, who finished as a runner-up with Juve in 2003.

“It is not easy, but it is necessary to raise the bar and always remain among the best seven or eight teams in Europe. In doing so, Juventus will always have more chances to win.

“If the turning point arrives, maybe they will win more than one Champions League in the next four or five years.”