Real Madrid have set their sights on signing Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, in addition to Eden Hazard, according to El Confidencial.
The La Liga side’s manager Zinedine Zidane is said to have “recommended and/or asked” Real president Florentino Perez for the French international, as well as Hazard.
It seems much will depend on Zidane’s own future at the Bernabeu in Real’s attempts to sign both players. El Confidencial report that the Frenchman is closer to the players than to the president, which may prove crucial in the long run.
The Real boss is believed to have the full support of the squad, much like predecessor Carlo Ancelotti had. The fact that the Spanish giants are 14 points behind Barcelona in the league could still cost him his job though.
Zidane has won two Champions Leagues, one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups in his two years at the club. Ancelotti was almost as successful but was still sacked by Perez despite his good relationship with the players.
If there is a change of management at the Bernabeu in the next six months, it could also affect the likelihood of either Hazard or Kante being targeted by Real in the summer.