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Real Madrid want 'Xabi Alonso as Zinedine Zidane replacement'

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Xabi Alonso to replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach, according to a report.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is reportedly club president Florentino Perez's first choice to replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach at the Bernabeu.

Zidane's position in Madrid is said to be far from secure despite a solid start to the new La Liga campaign leaving the team in third spot - just two points off leaders Sevilla.

Los Blancos suffered a 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and there is believed to be friction between the head coach and president.

Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have recently been linked with moves to Madrid, although the former has played down suggestions that he could return as head coach.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Alonso, who is currently in charge of Real Sociedad B in the Segunda Division B, has been identified as the leading candidate.

The 37-year-old made 236 appearances during his time as a player at the Bernabeu, winning La Liga, two Copas del Rey and the Champions League before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2015.

Alonso worked with Madrid's Under-14 side between 2018 and 2019 before leaving for Sociedad, where he has won two and drawn two of his four games in charge of their B outfit.

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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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