Madrid 'are lining up Raul and Low to take over if Zidane leaves'

Real Madrid ‘are lining up club legend Raul or Germany boss Joachim Low to take over as manager if Zinedine Zidane leaves the Bernabeu’ with just one year left on the Frenchman’s deal

  • Real Madrid are making contingencies should Zinedine Zidane leave the club 
  • Los Blancos have reportedly made Raul and Joachim Low their ‘Plan B’ option 
  • Madrid would prefer to keep Zidane, whose deal at the Bernabeu expires in 2022
  • Club legend Raul manages Castilla while Low will leave Germany this summer

Real Madrid have lined up a ‘Plan B’ option should Zinedine Zidane leave the Bernabeu – with club legend Raul and Germany boss Joachim Low their top targets, according to reports in Spain. 

The French boss has just one year left on his contract with the Spanish giants as he attempts to keep Madrid fighting on multiple fronts. Los Blancos are still six points adrift of LaLiga leaders Atletico and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Zidane – who quit the club two years into his first spell in 2018 – has faced huge pressure this season after a poor start to the campaign and was linked with an exit, and now Madrid chiefs are lining up contingencies should he depart – president Florentino Perez is now eyeing up their Castilla boss Raul or Low, as per AS.

Real Madrid are lining up a ‘Plan B’ option in case current boss Zinedine Zidane leaves the club

Los Blancos are considering Germany boss Joachim Low (left) and club legend Raul (right)

Raul, an iconic figure in the Spanish capital after playing 741 times for the club, has taken charge of their famed academy side since 2019 and has been earmarked as the successor to Zidane – who also coached the team before rising to the senior ranks in 2016. 

The former striker would be the ‘most feasible’ option to coach Madrid as a seemless internal appointment, the report adds, saying he is ‘daring tactically’ and performing better with Castilla than Zidane did.

Low, meanwhile, will become a free agent this summer after announcing that he will leave the Germany national team after a 14 year stint. 

However, keeping hold of Zidane will be the ‘best option’ for Real Madrid, as it will mean they have performed well in the Champions League – which would strengthen his position. 

Zidane staying would be the ‘best option’ because it will mean he has brought success

AS’s front page reads ‘Double Plan B’ showing Low and Raul on the Madrid touchline, with the sub-heading: ‘Madrid anticipates a possible departure from Zidane with two candidates – Low and Raul.’ 

Low has serious pedigree having won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 while turning the team into regular challengers for major tournaments – only once failing to at least make the semi-finals of a competition. 

Now 61, Low has previously admitted he would be keen to switching to club management and wants to try his luck at a team in a different country – calling the Madrid post ‘an interesting job for a coach’.

Raul is an icon at the Bernabeu having made 714 appearances and would be a ‘feasible’ option

Germany boss Low will leave his post this summer and previously admitted interest in Madrid

‘I’ll hopefully see out my contract, but my race as a national team coach is almost run, and you must start making plans at some point,’ he said in 2018. 

‘I’d be interested in coaching at club level. I don’t plan on retiring. It would be abroad. I don’t think it’ll be in Germany.

‘[Real are] a club which is interesting for every coach, right?’ 

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