April 13, 2021

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Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane responds to Juventus job speculation after win against Liverpool

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Zinedine Zidane has hinted at a return to Juventus (Photo by Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to rule himself out of a return to Juventus following speculation that he could replace Andrea Pirlo.

The Frenchman spent five years in Turin before Madrid made him the most expensive player in the world with a £47.5million move to the Bernabeu in 2001.

Zidane’s managerial career has been spent in the Spanish capital, with the 48-year-old returning to the Bernabeu for a second stint in charge in 2019 after 18 months away.

However, the pressure is constant at the Bernabeu and Zidane’s position is already under scrutiny heading into the summer – particularly as rivals Atletico Madrid are currently top of La Liga.

It’s led to reports that Zidane could return to Turin in a bid to revive former side Juventus and the Frenchman didn’t exactly play down the reports after Madrid’s win against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Zidane spent five years at Juventus (Picture: Getty)

‘Italy is always in my heart and Juventus has always been important to me,’ Zidane told reporters.

‘Coming back? I don’t know (laughs). I’m here at Real Madrid now. Let’s see.’

Zidane relieved some of the pressure on him with a 3-1 win against Liverpool in the Spanish capital.

It means Madrid are favourites to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League and they’ll be thankful that spectators are not permitted to attend for next week’s second leg at Anfield.

Marco Asensio scored either side of a brace from Vinicius Junior, while Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s away goal.

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