Real Madrid presidential candidate Enrique Riquelme vows to replace Zidane with Klopp and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid presidential candidate Enrique Riquelme vows to replace Zidane with Klopp and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo

REAL MADRID presidential candidate Enrique Riquelme has vowed to appoint Jurgen Klopp as the club's new manager and re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo if he wins the upcoming elections.

Long-time president Florentino Perez last week called for an election to be held in a bid to win himself a fifth term in office.

The 74-year-old won the club's last two elections uncontested, but this time around he'll face competition from Cox Energy CEO Riquelme.

And the 32-year-old Riquelme has big plans for Los Blancos if he successfully defeats Perez, which includes axing current manager Zinedine Zidane.

During an appearance on El Partidazo de COPE, Riquelme said: "Zidane would not be my coach.

"The Sports Directorate thinks of another profile with another strategy.

"I personally like Klopp a lot and Raul is doing very well. It would be to value him […]."

Bringing back Ronaldo, Real's all-time leading goalscorer, would also be one of Riquelme's main priorities.

He said: "I put on the table that we repeat Cristiano, because he has represented a lot for football and for Real Madrid.

"There are no old or young players, there are good or bad players."


Ronaldo, 36, left Madrid in the summer of 2018 to join Italian champions Juventus but has continuously been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital.

Riquelme's audacious plans were revealed before the first leg of the Spanish champion's Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool at the Bernabeu.

The prospect of managing Real was put to Klopp ahead of tonight's match, with the German insisting he'd be more than content with his career if he didn't end up coaching Los Blancos.

The Reds chief said: "If at the end of my career I had only three clubs, Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, then that's not too bad, eh?

"I would not regret it.

"You asked if I would regret not managing Real Madrid, that is the question? I don't think so.

"But when I came off the plane today, I regret already that we don't live here, because the weather is so much better here!

"We were freezing, I have a gilet with me! You are blessed living here. We do it the hard way [in England]!"

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