Real Madrid set to reappoint Zinedine Zidane

Mr C

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weird he'd go back.

that will be Bale out for sure. I hope Woodward isn't silly enough.................................................................
 

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He’s had his break from football. He’ll get paid a bucket load and he only has to do better than mediocre that’s been since he left. Perfect from him.
 

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Probably going to have a lot more control that he was being offered in the summer in terms of clearing the squad and who comes in.

You have to assume he's come back because there are big plans for the summer overhaul.
 

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Let's be honest he has played a blinder there. He left what was a fairly weak squad, certainly by real standards, somebody else becomes the fall guy, he returns 6 months later reputation intact and getting everything he wants.
 

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Yeah great piece of work by Zidane there.

Chelsea certain to lose Hazard now. Bale, I can't see anyone wanting him on those wages, it sounds like he's not even motivated at Madrid so would he be at united? Who can afford those wages especially when he spends so long out injured. I can't see anywhere to offload him. That will be tricky for Madrid.

He wants Pogba too, from some media outlets.

As for Jose, what for him now, they way he was talking at the weekend he thought he had that job.
 

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I doubt Zidane has told anyone what his plans are so anything in the papers at this point is just speculation however Madrid do need a big rebuild they've got problems in midfield and up front so they need to bring in some heavy hitters and clear the decks. They've squeezed every last drop out of this team and it's time to rebuild they can't just keep kicking the can down the road. My guess is they'll be looking to sell Bale and Modric rumours are they're open to selling Marcelo as well to raise cash for the rebuild as it won't be cheap.

That means the usual names will be put around Lewendowski, Hazard, Pogba, Kante, Kane, Icardi, Neymar, Mbappe, Dybala etc basically any big player who isn't at Barca will be on the radar.

The question is will Madrid continue looking to younger players so will they look at someone like Sancho or even Rashford or will they go for the more established players? My guess is they'll be looking for players who are hitting the prime rather than those who've been established at the top so players like Lewendowski may have missed their chance.
 

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I think Madrid will look to make a big statement this summer in the market. Think they will look to bring in someone like Hazard or Mbappe - with Hazard more likely. They’ve still got good young talent in Asensio and Vinicius but think guys like Benzema and Bale have seen better days.

They did not replace the star quality of Ronaldo, they lost his goals, his assists and his world class ability. I’m not for one minute surprised they are struggling. But Zidane can now come back in as the lord saviour.
 

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Yeah I think they'd be silly to go for Neymar now focus should be on getting someone like Mbappe and then take Hazard as well.

With Zidane back will Isco be able to find the sort of form he had 18 months ago where he was brilliant.

Be interesting to see what happens to Ramos will Zidane want to move him on as Perez is very keen to get control of that dressing room back from the players bit like the last Galactico era the egos have got to powerful.
 

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Mbappe has said he's promised PSG he'll be there next year, he's not going anywhere this year.
 

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I doubt PSG will let him go but he's what Madrid need they don't need Neymar when they already have Vinisius he plays from the left so they don't really have a need for Neymar or Hazard now. What they need is a centre forward to replace Benzema and a right side to replace Bale to built a new attack the BBC is dead it's time to build the next generation that can deliver them 100 goals a season.

Mbappe I think will look to do another season at PSG but I don't see him being their for his entire career bit like Ronaldo eventually he'll end up in Spain and it probably is the same for Pogba he might give it one more season at Utd if he believes in Ole but I think he fancies a move as he wants a proper crack at the European Cup.
 

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one more season and he's off, hopefully by then we can prove Old Trafford is where he should be.

We need to get Pogba a new deal soon I think or Madrid will be after him too.
 

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Think he signed to a 6 year deal so even at the end of this season he's 3 years left so if he wants to go next summer we have 2 years on the contract so we'll still be able to get a big fee.

If we offer him a new deal he'll be looking for a pay rise plus signing fees and his agent will want a fee so the club are probably best to sit tight, if they think he wants to really commit the next 3 or 4 years to us then offer him the deal.

I wonder if Zidane forced Perez to promise to sell Bale in the summer as this was apparently one of the things they fell out over as Perez wanted Bale to stay and Ronaldo to go whereas Zidane wanted the club to give Ronaldo a new deal and sell Bale.

My guess is they'll be offering Bale to anyone and everyone this summer but I just don't see anyone who's going to accept picking up his wages. Eriksen is a player Zidane/Madrid apparently want but there's no way Spurs could bring Bale back on huge money.

The only way he goes anywhere is on loan bit like Juventus have had to do with Higuaín just to get a chunk of the wages off the books.
 

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Yeah, Bale is out, I just hope Ole will stop Ed signing him.

I am interested to see how Zidane gets on with no Ronaldo. I don't think he's that great a coach. So let's see. From last night you can see how Ronaldo makes such a difference in the CL.
 

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Ronaldo covered up some cracks in the attack with moments of magic but Zidane had the rest of that team ticking they didn't give up many goals in defence and arguably the best midfield in Europe over the last few seasons but it was a team who turned up for the big games but with no consistency.

I think what he did was under rated in terms of the tactics I think he was pretty clever as a coach put people in a system and in the right places making big calls like dropping Bale even though he was a superstar.

This isn't going to be a quick fix they need to nail the recruitment in the summer to solve the longer term problems and reinvigorate the team with Ronaldo gone they can be a "team" again as they don't need to set everything up for one man.
 

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Don't know if he's injured, but Courtois didn't even make the bench at the weekend.

Zidane hasn't exactly done much sine arriving has he.
 

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Luca Zidane the sub goalkeeper for the game
 

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wow, he really doesn't like Courtois then. Unless he is injured.

Courtois, for me, is one of the best keepers around.
 

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