Raul Gonzalez is said to be the favourite to replace outgoing Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane ahead of the coming season.
Zidane had told his Real Madrid squad that he will walk away from the club at the end of the 2020-21 season.
The Frenchman revealed his decision in the dressing room prior to last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Sevilla in La Liga.
It is the second time he has resigned from the post, having previously quit following Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph in 2018.
Massimiliano Allegri and Joachim Low are the other options, but Raul is the leading candidate.
He’s seen as the natural replacement, continuing the Frenchman’s work, and he would bring his character and work rate with him.
Raul is ready – he’s proven that with Castilla – and he understands this team and club better than almost anyone.
As is logical, he’s not the only name to have been put forward in board meetings, but he is the favourite amongst almost all of Real Madrid’s directors.
Starting his journey at Al Sadd as he underwent coaching courses, he joined Real Madrid’s coaching set-up with the youth teams in 2018 and has gone from strength to strength.
Last summer, Raul won a historic first UEFA Youth League trophy for the club, and now he’s leading Castilla in a play-off push to win promotion to Segunda Division.
His hard work on the pitch won him plaudits on the field and he has maintained those values as a coach.
The success Raul has enjoyed has caught the eye of others too, with Schalke, where he once played, having called him mid-season, and Eintracht Frankfurt also reaching out to him in recent weeks.
Why Zidane is stepping down as Real Madrid coach again
Reports have it that the Frenchman is resigning because of mental and physical fatigue due to his position as coach of one of the most successful club in the world.
With Madrid taking on Athletic Club on Sunday (today) in La Liga and then conclude their season at home to Villarreal on May 23, Zidane will hope to win the league for the third time in his career.
According to Goal, the squad believed he would not stay on for another season after Madrid’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Chelsea at the semi-final stage.
It will be recalled Zidane was drafted back into the hotseat in urgent circumstances towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign when both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari failed to match his results at the Madrid helm.
Zidane’s timing may nevertheless also stoke up rumours linking the Frenchman to a sensational return to Turin.
A favourite at Juventus as a player, Zidane would be a dream candidate for the club should they dispense with Andrea Pirlo, although it is doubtful whether he would be prepared to jump back into coaching so soon after leaving the Spanish capital.