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The next Real Madrid manager will have some serious work to do if they want to salvage the Spanish club's season after a disappointing start.
Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes that Mauricio Pochettino would be the right fit, especially as his future at Tottenham Hotspur continues to remain uncertain.
The Spurs manager is tipped as a strong contender for the role and Los Blancos' higher-ups rate him quite highly.
"From what I've been hearing, Florentino Pérez appreciates Mauricio Pochettino's qualities and is interested in signing him," Rivaldo told Betfair (via the Evening Standard).
"Pochettino is obviously a good manager with experience in La Liga and for that reason I believe he could be a good option for the club."
Madrid have struggled this season without former manager Zinedine Zidane and former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. For the Spurs manager, though, Rivaldo believes that he shouldn't move from England to Spain alone.
He suggests that the 46-year-old Argentine should take Harry Kane with him to the Santiago Bernabéu.
"Perez wasn't expecting that things could go so wrong so quickly this season," he said. "Madrid's poor start to the season might lead him to make a big investment in a new coach and maybe buy a new goalscorer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
"That's where the possibility of bringing Pochettino, along with English striker Harry Kane, gets in the mix, but Real Madrid will need to invest seriously to achieve both, as Tottenham won't be interested in losing them easily.
"I think both options could be important for Real Madrid. They are suffering up front, scoring very few goals and Kane could be the solution."
Former Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the club suffered a humiliating 5-1 thrashing from Barcelona in El Clásico last week.
In the club's official statement, the former Spain manager would be "provisionally replaced" by Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Solari.
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