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"So he has for sure been getting in touch with possible coaches and getting their opinion of coming to Real Madrid".

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino responded Friday to speculation that he is Real Madrid's favoured candidate to succeed Zinedine Zidane as coach by saying: 'What will be, will be'.

"I have a five-year deal with Tottenham and I'm very happy at the club".

Not everyone falls for Real's charms.

Martins is predominantly a right-winger and the Portuguese publication says Emery wants him to play alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil behind Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng next season.

But whether the easy-going, fan-hugging German fits the bill at Europe's most successful club remains to be seen.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, but apparently has good relations with Real president Florentino Perez.

Zidane chose to stand down in spite of Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool, with Pochettino since installed as the favourite to replace the ex-France playmaker.

Germany national team manager Joachim Low has denied any interest in filling the new vacancy at Real Madrid.

Quizzed by AS on whether those exploits could lead him to Madrid, Pochettino said: "I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that. You think yeah - but you are not me".

Zinedine Zidane has announced that he is leaving Real Madrid less than a week after guiding them to an unprecedented third successive Champions League title. Big players need a change. After doing three years, it's the right decision.

"It is a hard moment, as I am saying I am leaving, but it is not a sad day for me", Zidane said.

"Of course, I understand all the rumours around the world but that is our life, that is the sport we choose, that is the passion that translates to everyone". I tried to convince him but I know how it is. "I'm not here to talk about the future of this team".

Southampton may have to make 28-year-old first-choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who has only a year left on his three-year contract, one of the best-paid players at St Mary's in order to keep the Englishman at the club this summer.