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Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of reported Villa, Tottenham and West Ham-linked Maxime Lopez

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Zinedine Zidane is a big fan of reported Villa, Tottenham and West Ham-linked Maxime Lopez

Tottenham, Aston Villa and West Ham are all reportedly keeping tabs on Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez this summer with Sevilla seemingly in the lead for the French ace – who has a big fan in the form of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo claim that Aston Villa have joined the race for the 22-year-old midfielder, who has been dropped by Andre Villas-Boas of late – starting just four of Marseille’s last 17 Ligue 1 matches.

The report also suggests that Sevilla are leading the way for the France Under-21 international, but The Daily Star have also claimed of late that London clubs Tottenham and West Ham have been offered Lopez for just £10million.

 

Zidane, who is arguably Marseille’s best ever product, is more than aware of Lopez after he came through Zidane’s Z5 academy in Aix-en-Provence – alongside Zidane’s children. He described Lopez as both “outstanding” and “amazing” to Goal.com.

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“He’s part of the family and I’ve known him for a very long time. Especially my kids, who know him very well – they played together in Aix-en-Provence,” Zidane said in 2018. “He always had this outstanding natural talent at his age and for his stature.

“It’s amazing what he’s doing, not just at his age, because today age means nothing, but mostly because of the personality he has in the game. In other words, he’s someone who runs a lot, but is someone who plays a lot and makes others play as well.”

Upon hearing Zidane’s comments about the Marseille midfielder, it has only got to prompt the Premier League trio – and certainly Sevilla – to go after Lopez, especially given how well Zidane knows Lopez.

He is not just commenting on Lopez after watching him in the odd Marseille outing, but he is explaining how good he is from watching him blossom in the Z5 academy. Tottenham, Villa and West Ham need to be on red alert – a no-brainer.

(Photo by Guillaume Ruoppolo – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

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