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Wenger, Conte and Pochettino among bookies’ favourites to replace Zidane


Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to become Real Madrid manager following Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation, the Daily Mirror has revealed..

Wenger, who rejected overtures from Real Madrid during his time at Arsenal, is the leading contender to replace his compatriot at 3/1.

Antonio Conte is the second favourite at 4/1 as his Chelsea future continues to be far from certain.

Zidane called a surprise press conference on Thursday afternoon where he revealed he has stepped down from his role as head coach after a two-and-a-half-year spell.

Former midfielder Guti, who played for the club between 1995 and 2010, is priced at 5/1.

Guti is employed by the club as a youth coach but could be promoted to the senior team if president Florentino Perez decides to put his faith in him.

Tottenham fans will be worried at seeing Mauricio Pochettino at just 6/1 despite the Argentine signing a new five-year deal.

Reports in Spain suggest his contract stipulates he can speak to Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain if they make a move to hire him but that appears to be untrue.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who has been linked with Chelsea, is priced at 8/1 with SkyBet.

Zidane decided to step down just five days after leading his side to Champions League glory.

He won the last three Champions Leagues and a La Liga title during his successful reign.

Perez revealed in the press conference that he is yet to weigh up potential replacements for Zidane because the Frenchman only informed him on Wednesday that he was quitting.

Wenger said in an interview on Wednesday that he was looking forward to starting a new challenge.

‘It is exciting now because I can be tested again. That’s what I want in my life. I am a competitor who wants to be tested,’ he told beIN Sports.

‘I don’t know what will happen but I’m in front of an empty page and I have to write the next chapter.

‘I’m not very gifted to enjoy life and lie on the beach. I envy friends of mine who can do that.

‘Very quickly I am bored because it is an addiction I have created. I have the addicted gene and you have to live with it.’