‘Real Madrid could come in for Brendan Rodgers’

Date published: Tuesday 4th July 2017 10:26

Celtic captain Scott Brown is the only man in the world who would not be surprised if Real Madrid wanted Brendan Rodgers to replace Zinedine Zidane.

Rodgers has just led the Bhoys to a Scottish treble, remaining unbeaten in the league, but Zidane has just won La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid.

“You never know as a player or a manager what is going to happen down the line,” the midfielder said to The Evening Times. “Real Madrid could come in for the gaffer over the next six months, you never know.

“You could probably understand teams would want him, the way we’ve been playing. Especially with what we did last year in winning the treble. You’d expect that, but for now he is signed up, and lucky enough for us we’re going to get four more years with him, hopefully.

“But he has signed up, he’s happy here and he’s enjoying it. He’s enjoying living in Bearsden and he’s enjoying his life. He’s the manager at a top-quality club.”

Brown also believes that Rodgers gives Celtic a chance of signing top-quality players from English clubs, saying: “As soon as people start talking about people leaving clubs in the [English] Premier League his name (Rodgers) gets mentioned,” he added. “I don’t think two or three years ago we’d have been able to touch anybody like that.

“But due to his name, and what he’s done in the game, he’s got a chance of bringing top-quality players to the club and that’s what he wants to do. He wants to maintain the level that we set last year but also push us on.

“It’s been a good year last season. We have an early start with the Champions League. It is always going to be hard going back in as you saw in the game the other day. But hopefully this season is going to be just as good.”

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