Wenger emerges as favorite to take over from Zidane as Real Madrid manager

Wenger emerges as favorite to take over from Zidane as Real Madrid manager

- Wenger could replace outgoing Real Madrid manager Zidane

- Zidane shocked the football world when he abruptly announced his retirement

- Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Real Madrid player Guti have also been named as candidates

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Arsene Wenger has been considered to be top of the list of potential replacements for outgoing Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

The news of the former Arsenal manager came following Zidane's shocking announcement that he would be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu despite winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.

According to Sun UK, the former Arsenal manager is most likely next to take over the reign from his fellow Frenchman.

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Wenger emerges as favourite to take over from Zidane as Real Madrid manager

Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the Uefa Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Getty Images

"It is exciting now that I can be tested again. That's what I want in my life. I am a competitor who want to be tested," Wenger told Sun in an exclusive interview.

"I don't know what will happen but I'm in front of an empty page and I have to write the next chapter," the Frenchman went on.

However, outgoing Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could give Wenger a run for his money as he could also be a possible option to become the top boss at the Bernabeu.

Zidane unexpected departure comes in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale also earlier hinting at a possible move out of Los Blancos.

Wenger emerges as favourite to take over from Zidane as Real Madrid manager

Arsene Wenger head coach / manager of Arsenal waves to the Arsenal fans during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal. Photo: Getty Images

And with Zidane's exit and the end of an era of success, it seems even more likely the infamous trio of Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo famously dubbed the BBC, could follow him out of Madrid.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has also been listed as a potential suitor for Madrid's top seat with president Florentino Perez the one to have the final say.

However, as things stand Wenger is most like the strongest contender with the Frenchman eager for his next challenge.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane announced his resignation as the head coach of Los Blancos.

The France legend has bagged numerous prestigious awards and honours including the Fifa World Player of the Year three times, and Ballon D'Or once.

In 2006, he was awarded the 2006 Fifa World Cup Golden Ball on his retirement for his outstanding contribution to the game.

In his first two seasons of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, Zidane also won the La Liga title, a Supercopa de España title, the Uefa Super Cup twice and Fifa Club World Cup twice.

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