With Real Madrid having 14 managers in the last 13 years, not even Zinedine Zidane can feel safe at the helm of the Bernabeu club.
Despite the Frenchman guiding them to Champions League glory in his first season in charge, it doesn’t necessarily mean his job is safe for the next couple of years given Florentino Perez’s ruthlessness.
And it sounds as though Madrid have already identified Zidane’s potential replacement in the form of Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel.
That’s according to the Hans-Joachim Watzke - the CEO of the German club.
“I have a good relationship with Real Madrid and I believe that they are tracking him [Tuchel]," Watzke told ZDF, per the Mirror.
"After the season Thomas had with us, Real have taken account of what a first-class coach we have.
"Florentino Perez [Madrid president] has not asked me about him yet. We are not worried about losing him if Madrid wanted him now. Thomas Tuchel has a contract with Dortmund.
“His situation is different to that of a player.
“A player at the age of 28 or 29 might only have three years in him and could ask us not to deny him such a move. Thomas is still a very young coach, he could still coach at whatever club he wants for 20 years or so.”
As Watzke mentions, Tuchel is still a very young manager at just 43-years-old.
Looking at his career, it’s very hard to ignore to similarities between him and former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.
They both had fairly underwhelming playing careers before going on to manage Dortmund, via Mainz.
If Tuchel can emulate Klopp’s achievements by winning two Bundesliga titles at the Westfalenstadion, then it certainly won’t be surprising to see Madrid approaching Dortmund for their boss.
Having said that, let’s not forget the incredible job Zidane has done at Los Blancos since taking over in January. Not only did he lead them to Champions League glory, but he hauled them back into the title race before narrowly missing out.
This season, Madrid sit top of La Liga after being unbeaten in nine matches without being overly convincing.
Even if Perez really want Tuchel, there’s simply no way he can possibly get rid of Zidane considering what he’s done since he’s been appointed.
However, this Real Madrid we’re talking about and anything is possible.
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