REAL MADRID have re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as manager – and it could spell bad news for Chelsea and Tottenham.
Real Madrid have turned to the Frenchman after tumbling out of contention for three trophies within a week under Santiago Solari.
The France legend walked out on Real following their 3-1 success over Liverpool in Kiev, which sealed his third straight European title as manager.
His replacement Julen Lopetegui only lasted until the end of October after a disastrous start.
His successor Solari steadied the ship initially, but was binned last night after losses to rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals and a crunch La Liga showdown at the Bernabeu ended their hopes of domestic glory this season.
Real were also dumped out of the Champions League on their own turf by Ajax in an embarrassing end to their run of three straight European titles.
It’s led to Zidane returning to the club on a deal until 2020 following his exit just last summer – and his focus is already on adding top talent to the ranks for next season.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen will both be targets for the new Real chief.
Balague’s double transfer claims come just hours after:
* Sergio Ramos threatened to QUIT after a fight in training with a team-mate
* Chelsea star Hazard was BLASTED by manager Maurizio Sarri despite his starring role against Wolves
* Real are linked with a mega £200m swoop for Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk
“Zidane also wants the likes of Eden Hazard and perhaps even Christian Eriksen to add to the side”
Guillem Balague on Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
He said: “This may mean difficulties for Gareth Bale, who did not get on very well with Zidane.
“Sergio Ramos will have his authority reinforced and Zidane also wants the likes of Eden Hazard and perhaps even Christian Eriksen to add to the side.”
In an interview with the BBC, Balague added: “He will be given all the sporting authority and all the things he suggested in the summer that Florentino Perez did not want to do – most of them will be done now.
“Zidane is coming in with the idea of not just managing the side but also managing the decisions for the first team.”
Hazard has less than 18 months left on his contract at Chelsea and will likely be sold this summer by the club, rather than let go for nothing in 2020 should he not put pen to paper on an extension.
Eriksen’s Spurs contract is also winding down, and he could find himself on the move to Spain if Zidane ramps up his efforts to land the Danish midfielder.
Zidane said following his appointment: “It has been difficult from the outside looking in. I am looking forward to working with the players again, to competing again.
“I have been living here in Madrid, doing my things. But I have recharged my batteries. I’m ready to coach this great club again.”