Having just re-committed to the club and lauded words about his future and their future at a brand new stadium last week, to publicly state he would consider, what could be an imminent approach from Los Blancos, was shocking.
"I don't see myself continuing to win this year and I am a victor, I don't like to lose", said Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.
The former midfielder had to contend with speculation relating to his future at the club for most of the season as a result of their often underwhelming form.
Pochettino, who joined Spurs in 2014, said: "I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together".
The newspaper reports Real Madrid has made Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp its number one target to replace Zidane but the Reds are expected to resist any move for the German. I have enjoyed as a child every workout, every advice!
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But it is the 46-year-old Argentinian's coaching nous, man-management skills and consistency with Tottenham Hotspur that has hoisted him among the favorites to replace Zidane. During his five-year playing career at Madrid between 2001 and 2006, Zidane won the Champions League in 2002 and La Liga in 2003.
"No, I am ready and excited to come back to London".
"I am not the best coach tactically, but I have other things", he said ahead of the final. It is about what I think.
His decision, which was announced yesterday afternoon, came as a shock to the club's president Florentino Perez, who admitted they had not yet had time to establish a potential successor, though Mauricio Pochettino has since emerged as a front-runner. For now though, it seems Zidane is holding out till the end of the World Cup before taking any decisions. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more.
"I am so happy at Tottenham and so proud that Tottenham showed the commitment and trust in the way that Daniel Levy showed me 10 days ago".