The football world has been rocked by the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid. Choosing to go out on a high after winning his record third-straight Champions League title with his victory last week over Liverpool, the Madrid legend cited the pressure that comes with sitting on arguably the hottest seat in the sport as his reason for leaving.
Club President Florentino Perez was as floored as the rest of the public and has been scrambling, along with the board to source candidates to take the reigns for next season. Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino was one of the first names floated as being in Madrid’s sights, as well as half-jokingly, Arsène Wenger, who of course himself also happens to be recently funemployed.
But of course, fresh off being rightfully-dubbed the best manager in world football, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp has also found himself in the furor that surrounds everything Real Madrid does on the transfer market.
Reports are that the Spanish giants were particularly impressed by the job he has done at Liverpool to date and are willing to offer the Merseysiders £28m for the Normal One’s services in addition to wages of £10m-a-year.
However, the German still has four years remaining on this contract with Liverpool and a move at this juncture wouldn’t jive with ex-Mainz and ex-Borussia Dortmund manager’s preference for seven-year projects.
For the most ETW of Reds fans, there are even more reasons to take heart, as conveniently-recent quotes from the 50-year-old allegedly regarding his 2014 snub of the then-open Manchester United role would also appear to be applicable this time around as well.
Speaking with Guillem Balague in a podcast interview, the charismatic manager essentially ruled out the possibility of coaching anywhere where the focus would be on the glitz and glamour of the game—as it would at Galactico Central in Madrid—rather than primarily on the football:
“I had talks with other clubs and they didn’t sound like a football club,” Klopp said in the interview. “It sounded like marketing, image, you need to sign this, you need to sign that. And I thought wow, that’s not the game I love.
“It’s all part of football, but it can not be the number one, two, three, four, priority. First of all please try to improve the game we play. And that’s what I am good in.
So rest easy, Reds as there’s nothing to see here. A bet on Klopp at Real Madrid is a losing one.