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17 July, Wednesday

Chelsea targets Zidane to replace Sarri

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Chelsea is ready to turn to Zinedine Zidane to make them a European superpower again as current manager Maurizio Sarri is running out of time after the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City saw the Blues drop to sixth position in the Premier League table.

There is growing support amongst the top brass for Zidane and talks have advanced this week over when they should make their move.

Zidane’s incredible Champions League credentials, winning it three times in three years as manager of Real Madrid, are a huge draw for the Blues board.

The 46-year-old is currently not in management and is understood to be very keen on a job in the Premier League.

Chelsea could face a battle for Zidane’s services with Manchester United still in the hunt for a permanent manager to replace Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still in pole position, after the interim boss led the Red Devils to an 11-game unbeaten run that ended with the club’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in the Champions League.

But the club’s board were initially leaning towards Zidane, with a view to him taking charge next summer.

Zidane was last week spotted in London, having dinner with Man United legend David Beckham and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino after the three were snapped exiting the exclusive Locanda Locatelli eatery just three minutes apart.

Sarri was unbeaten in his first 12 games in charge at Stamford Bridge, having succeeded sacked Antonio Conte last summer.

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