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Real Madrid already know who will replace Zinedine Zidane according to former supremo Ramon Calderon.
The Frenchman quit Los Blancos last week having guided the Spanish heavyweights to a third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Joachim Low have all been touted as potential replacements.
But Calderon—who was Real president from 2006-2009—says Florentino Perez already knows who will take the reins.
He told LoveSport radio: “Knowing him [Florentino Perez] well I think he knew a few weeks ago that Zidane would leave and already he’s made his mind up about the new coach. I don’t know who it will be but he will know and will have been in touch with someone.”
He added: “We know that he [Perez] offered the manager’s job to Wenger a few years ago but I don’t know if he feels the same now. It’s also known that he offered the position to [Joachim] Loew, the coach of the German national team.”
Despite Real’s stunning Champions League triumph, they stalled in La Liga and could only manage a third-place finish. Calderon says he wasn’t surprised by Zidane’s decision to quit.
He added: “I know that he was feeling a bit tired in the last weeks and months. Mainly because of his problems in the domestic competitions, he was criticised and he sensed he’d lost the favour of the boardroom and the President.”
“And you have to take into account the fact he’s not a vocational coach. He started to coach because his son was playing in the youth team; that’s why he came when Benitez was sacked. That’s why he decided to take the job in January and he thought he’d finish in June, then he ended up with three Champions Leagues,” said Calderon. -DAILY STAR