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Chelsea In Talks With Zidane …To Replace Sarri

Chelsea board has held talks over appointing former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri, the UK Sun reports.

Zidane has been out of work, since stepping down from his role with Real, after winning a third straight Champions League crown last May.

Sarri is now the bookmaker’s favourite, to be the next Premier League manager to be fired, with Zidane joint-favourite to replace him along with Gianfranco Zola.

Chelsea’s emphatic 6-0 defeat at City saw them slump to sixth place, putting the Italian under renewed pressure.

Discussions have taken place among top brass at Stamford Bridge, about when they should make their move for Zidane.

They also feel Zidane would be an inspired choice, as Eden Hazard is a big admirer of the Frenchman and might consider snubbing a move to Spain in the summer if he is appointed.

The Europa League might not be top of Chelsea’s priorities this season, but in the current circumstances the first leg away to Malmo in Sweden takes on extra importance for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The Italian’s days in charge at Stamford Bridge could be numbered after Sunday’s humiliating 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, their heaviest loss in 28 years and also their fourth consecutive away defeat.

But Sarri is still there for now as the London club continue a gruelling run of fixtures — the two legs of the tie against Malmo come either side of the FA Cup fifth round clash with Manchester United. Another meeting with City in the League Cup final follows.

“It’s difficult to accept such a heavy defeat, but we have a lot of matches coming up to lift our heads and give us hope for good results at the end of this season,” France midfielder N’Golo Kante told Chelseafc.com after Sunday’s game.

Chelsea breezed through their group despite Sarri regularly leaving out his leading players, and he is likely to rotate again in Sweden.

With this being the close season in Sweden, Malmo — coached by the German former Manchester City striker Uwe Roesler — have not played a competitive game since the end of the group stage in December.

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