Zinedine Zidane pictured for first time since stepping down as Real Madrid boss

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Picture via @Zidane Instagram.

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has been pictured for the first time since stepping down as Los Blancos manager last Thursday.

The 45-year-old French World Cup winner ended his magical two-and-half-season stint at the Bernabeu following his third consecutive Champions League triumph over Liverpool in Kiev.

Now in France for the summer, Zidane enjoyed a kick around with his sons Luca (second from the right) and Enzo (centre) as well as Marseille midfielder Max Lopez and cousin Driss Zidane in the Aix-en-Provence of southern France.

They posted a picture onto Instagram after their five-a-side encounter.

Zidane is a regular at the sports centre, named after him as ‘Z5 Aix’.

The Whites have yet to name his replacement as head coach.

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Real Madrid should appoint Max Allegri, says Christian Panucci

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Christian Panucci, Albania’s head coach has advised Real Madrid to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager.

Panucci is a former Real Madrid player and enjoyed a spell from 1996-99 during his career, at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking on who should succeed Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new boss, the Italian said, “Real Madrid will still be Real Madrid without Zidane and their work has been incredible.”

“The decision surprised me, but we must respect that he has chosen the correct moment to leave.

“I think Allegri would be a very good choice because he’s a really good coach and he knows how to manage and talk to great players.

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“Florentino [Perez] will know best, but Zidane’s replacement must be a coach with a great personality to manage so much talent.”

Allegri has turned down offers from Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal in his recent past to stay with Serie A champions Juve. A switch to Spain’s capital for him remains doubtful therefore.

Meanwhile, Panucci also spoke about the possibility of Brazilian star Neymar moving to play with the Spanish giants.

“Great players are meant for great teams like Madrid so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“It may depend on Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the best in club history and Perez knows that he has done a very good job at Madrid.”

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Live Real Madrid Blog: Sergio Ramos didn't meant to injure Mohamed Salah, claims Toni Kroos

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21:15 – Total support from Kroos to Ramos

Sergio Ramos' tackle on Mohamed Salah in Kiev.

Sergio Ramos’ tackle on Mohamed Salah in Kiev.

Real Madrid midfield star Toni Kroos has stuck up for his Whites team-mate Sergio Ramos, claiming that the centre-back did nothing wrong following his controversial challenge with Mohamed Salah in last month’s Champions League final.

Read more here.

19:10 – Hakimi linked with Napoli switch

Moroccan and Real star: Achraf Hakimi.

Moroccan and Real star: Achraf Hakimi.

Real Madrid‘s Moroccan ace Achraf Hakimi is wanted by Napoli, Football Italia reports.

Read more here.

16:20 – Zidane pictured for first time since stepping down as Real Madrid boss

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has been pictured for the first time since stepping down as Los Blancos manager last Thursday.

Read the story here.

14:30 – Isco hopes Ronaldo stays at Real Madrid after Zidane shock

Isco has revealed that he was shocked by the timing of Zidane’s exit announcement, coming soon after the win against Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

He is hoping that star man Cristiano Ronaldo continues playing for Los Blancos and doesn’t head towards the exit door like Zidane.

Read the Spaniard’s quotes here.

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14:00 – Real Madrid should appoint Max Allegri, says Christian Panucci

Christian Panucci, Albania’s head coach has advised Real Madrid to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager.

“I think Allegri would be a very good choice because he’s a really good coach and he knows how to manage and talk to great players.”

Read the story here.

12:45 – Madrid still in Neymar chase

Real Madrid‘s summer pursuit of Neymar is showing no signs of let-up, according to Marca.

The Whites have yet to enter discussions with Paris Saint-Germain, though Madrid representatives are apparently in touch with the 26-year-old’s people.

Full report here.

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Neymar.

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