Real Madrid are ready to halt their interest in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as the La Liga side attempt to find a replacement for Zinedine Zidane.
Pochettino had been the front runner in the race to take over from Zidane, who sensationally quit at Los Blancos boss on Thursday, days after lifting the Champions League for the third year in a row.
The La Liga giants have reportedly, according to COPE, turned their back on the Argentine due to the prospect of having to deal with Spurs owner Daniel Levy.
Real are aware of the difficult of attempting to make an agreement with hardballer Levy, having struggled to find a quick and reasonable deal to take Gareth Bale and Luka Modric from north London to the Bernabeu in recent years.
Real are hoping to appoint a new chief quickly as they look to make some early deals in the transfer market and sort out the futures of wantaway duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
There was hope for Real when a verbal agreement was mooted about Pochettino, who recently signed a fresh five-year deal at Spurs, that he could join Real and that was a €12million release clause – but both were denied.
Pochettino, who previously managed Espanyol in Spain, had sparked rumours of an imminent switch to the Spanish capital by refusing to rule out listening to any offer that might come his way.
“When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them," Pochettino said.
"Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here."
Real may now turn to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, topped a poll by fans, Germany gaffer Jochim Low or free agents Arsene Wenger and Maurizio Sarri.
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