Zidane opens door for Juve return

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane appears to have opened the door to a potential return to Juventus.

Zidane, who made 214 appearances for the Bianconeri during his illustrious playing career, has hinted that he could be open to a return to Turin at some stage in his future.

The current Los Blancos coach was speaking on a conference call with Italian media when he addressed the ever-increasing speculation linking him with the Juve job, which is currently occupied by Andrea Pirlo.

"...Italy is in my heart, I spent five years in Turin and Juventus are still important to me," he told Sky Italia h/t Marca. "Future at Juve? For now, I'm here [at Real Madrid] but we'll see."

Zidane won six major honours during his spell in Italy with Juventus, including two Serie A crowns, while he also earned two runners-up medals in the UEFA Champions League before joining Real for a then-world record fee in 2001.

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After starring for the LaLiga giants over the course of the next five years, he finally hung up his boots in 2006 before being appointed as the coach of the club's reserve side eight years later.

From there, he was appointed head coach in 2016 and guided the club to three consecutive Champions League triumphs, among a host of other honours, before temporarily stepping down from his position at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Less than a year later, following the sacking of his successors Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, he was re-appointed to the top job and has since added another LaLiga winners' medal and Spanish Super Cup title to his collection.

However, Zidane's contract is set to expire at the end of next season and, with Pirlo's future in serious doubt at Juventus, the Frenchman may be tempted to make the move back to a club that he confesses to still hold close to his heart.

Should he do so, he could be reunited with star-man Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he famously masterminded Real's historic European success during their shared time together in Madrid.

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