Real Madrid wanted to sign Mauricio Pochettino or Jurgen Klopp before settling for Julen Lopetegui
NOT FIRST CHOICE
The former Spain boss was appointed after Zinedine Zidane sensationally quit in the wake of the Champions League Final
Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino were wanted by Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane before the LaLiga giants eventually settled for Julen Lopetegui, a sensational report has claimed.
Los Blancos were left as confused as the rest of the footballing world when Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to walk away for the Bernabeu hot seat just days after winning a record-breaking third successive Champions League title.
Zizou masterminded a 3-1 success in Kiev over Klopps Reds before walking off into the sunset at the peak of his managerial powers.
What ensued became a farce as Florentino Perez tried, but failed, to land an instant big-name replacement before announcing Julen Lopetegui.
However, it could have all been so different.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Juventus chief Massimilliano Allegri was the clubs first choice although of course he decided to stay, eventually signing star man Ronaldo later that summer.
When Allegri rejected the advances of Perez, Mauricio Pochettino was the next name on the list for Real. However, the report claims he was too loyal to the Lilywhites to be swayed.
Finally, they tried to prise Jurgen Klopp away from the side they defeated in Zidanes last game having been impressed with Klopps attacking stlye of play at Anfield and at Borussia Dortmund.