Chelsea targeting 46-year-old top-class manager as Sarri replacement

Chelsea are targeting Zinedine Zidane as their No.1 target to replace under-pressure boss Maurizio Sarri. After Sunday’s 6-0 loss at Etihad, the club’s heaviest loss since 1991, the former Napoli manager is quickly losing the backing of the board which appointed him scarcely eight months ago.

The 60-year-old’s tenure began brightly, only suffering his first defeat back in November but some strange decisions, including the deployment of N’Golo Kante in an unnatural position, has resulted in his stock diminishing quickly.

Zinedine Zidane decided to resign as Real Madrid boss at the end of last campaign having masterminded an unprecedented consecutive Champions League victories.

Eden Hazard has idolised the legendary Frenchman and, according to The Sun, the Blues believe the appointment of the former Los Blancos boss could force the 28-year-old to reevaluate his future.

Eden Hazard’s current contract expires in 17 months, and he appears unlikely at present to sign a new contract with Real waiting in the wings, ready to make a bid in the region of £100 million in the summer.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante was at a loss to give a reason for his side’s capitulation at the Etihad, saying that it’s difficult to explain as Manchester City outclassed the Blues and it was a collective failing.

Following the result, the FA Cup holders are now sixth in the Premier League, a point behind rivals Manchester United in fourth place. West London clubs’ next fixture is against Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday.