Vinicius Junior disappointed he won't be managed by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

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Vinicius Junior has revealed his disappointment that he won’t get the chance to play under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

The Brazilian prospect, who is next month due to formalise his move to Los Blancos after he celebrates his 18th birthday, was expected to be coached by the Frenchman.

But news of Zizou’s resignation has come as a blow for the talented forward, who is likely to be part of the Whites’ pre-season tour to the US.

“I was really looking forward to working with Zidane, but unfortunately it can’t be,” the Flamengo attacker told Marca after a 2-0 win over Bahia.

“Hopefully one day I can find him to give me some advice on how to improve as a player.”

Vinicius Junior also revealed he spoke to Brazilian compatriots Marcelo and Casemiro following their third consecutive Champions League success.

He added: “I spoke with Marcelo and Casemiro to congratulate them and wish them luck with the national team at the World Cup.”

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Mauricio Pochettino brushes off speculation he will replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

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Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has brushed off speculation linking him to Real Madrid and insisted he is happy at White Hart Lane.

The Spanish giants are hunting for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane quit on Thursday following last weekend’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

Pochettino, in Spain for the launch of his book ‘A New World’, signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham last month but has been installed as the favourite to replace Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Pochettino told AS: “I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous. I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy and I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.

“I live in the present, that is the most important thing. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be.”

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Real Madrid make contact with Mauricio Pochettino and Joachim Low over replacing Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to resign from his post as Real Madrid manager on Thursday and the club are moving swiftly to find a replacement.

The Frenchman followed his illustrious playing career with a phenomenal start to coaching as he secured nine trophies, including three Champions Leagues, during a two-and-a-half-year spell with Los Blancos.

Florentino Perez and Madrid’s club directors are keen to keep winning silverware and to that end, have already contacted Mauricio Pochettino and Joachim Low about the prospect of succeeding Zidane, Marca claim.

Pochettino is said to be at the top of their list and is the preferred choice but his situation is a more complicated one as he penned a new deal with Tottenham this year.

However, there is an agreement – albeit unofficial – in place with chairman Daniel Levy that would allow the Argentine to negotiate with the Spanish club if he wishes to.

Low has also been contacted but would have to leave his role as Germany coach prematurely as his contract runs until 2022.

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