Tottenham Hotspur managed to hang onto Mauricio Pochettino for five and a half years before deciding to sack the highly-rated head coach.
Daniel Levy and the Spurs board gave the Argentine his marching orders in November 2019, replacing him with Jose Mourinho within 24 hours.
Marca have now reported that Real Madrid wanted Pochettino in the summer of 2018, but Levy refused to even negotiate over such a deal. The chairman’s position was helped by the fact that Pochettino had just signed a new long-term contract (Relayed by Sport Witness).
However, now that the manager is out of work, Marca claim that his name is still ‘in the boardroom’ at Los Blancos.
Zinedine Zidane is still the manager at Real Madrid, but Marca place Pochettino as the top candidate to replace him should the time come for his departure.
They also add that Pochettino himself is waiting for the right job to come along and is free to negotiate with clubs at any time.