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After Real Madrid suffered back to back defeats in La Liga and Champions League, pressure has been growing on the club’s higher-ups to sack the Frenchman.
Real Madrid haven’t sacked Zinedine Zidane yet because of the French manager’s tremendous severance package, according to reports coming out from Spain.
Pressure has been growing on the French manager after his team’s poor form, both domestically and in Europe. Madrid are currently sitting at 4th place in La Liga, with seven points separating from leaders Real Sociedad, albeit with a game in hand.
The club’s form in the Champions League, a competition they won four times in the last decade, hasn’t been much comforting either. Los Blancos face playing the 2nd half of the 2020/21 campaign in Europa League until they defeat Borussia Monchengladbach in their final group game next week.
And Don Balon claims that it is Zidane’s severance package, which amounts to €35m, which has so far prevented Los Blancos president Florentino Perez from showing the Frenchman the exit door.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are one of few clubs in Europe, including Manchester City, who could afford paying Messi what he already earns as a Barca player. The club’s financial health remains excellent as investments of President Al-Khelaifi and Qatar have propped up their finances.
Les Parisiens can also offer the Barcelona star the lure of playing with a competitive squad, one which has led the club to multiple Ligue 1 titles in recent seasons. They also have Neymar, one of the Argentina international’s closest friends, waiting for his potential arrival at the club.
On top of everything else, the Qatar-owned outfit can promise the 33-year-old the chance to play in a less demanding league than La Liga, where big teams enjoy more control during games. And the quality of life in Paris is another argument that PSG could use to try to sign Messi.
Ligalive reported last December that clubs at the top and the bottom of the English top-flight will feel the effects of Britain’s exit from European Union differently.
Britain’s impending exit from the European Union could complicate the hiring of foreign managers for Premier League clubs, reports The Times.
The Times’ report further states that the post-Brexit rules, which are set to come into effect from January, would have prevented Manchester United from hiring the services of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had they been in force for the past many years.
The new rules, which have received the signatures of approval of the FA, EFL and Premier League, mandate that any overseas manager wishing to work in the English top-flight must have spent at least three of the past five years working in a ‘top league’.
This might mean bad news for young coaches who are willing to work in England but haven’t had the time to populate their resume with a three-year work experience in one of the 33 leagues that the rules dictate are accepted.
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