Zinedine Zidane ‘tells Real Madrid he WILL leave this summer’ as the Los Blancos coach prepares to say goodbye to the Bernabeu for the second time, even if they win LaLiga.
- Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told his players he will be leaving Real Madrid
- The 48-year-old Frenchman is expected to leave the club at the end of the season
- According to reports, Zidane notified his players of his decision last Sunday
- Zidane’s availability will alert Juventus who are excited about their former star
Zinedine Zidane reportedly told his Real Madrid players that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season following their draw against Sevilla last Sunday.
As Sportsmail revealed this week, the Frenchman will walk away from the club at the end of the season, even if they win the LaLiga title amid a battle with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for the Spanish crown.
Zidane has felt for a while that he no longer has the support of Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, although he has the full backing of the locker room.
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told his Real Madrid stars of his intention to leave the club
And according to Target, the 48-year-old broke the news of his imminent departure after their 2-2 draw against Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla last Sunday in Madrid.
The Madrid squad felt that Zidane would not remain in Los Blancos’ hot seat following their exit from the Champions League to Chelsea this month.
In addition to his discrepancies with Perez, it is believed that physical and mental fatigue are also factors in his retirement as a coach at Madrid.
The Frenchman is said to have told his players after their draw against Sevilla
Zidane retains full locker room support, but is reportedly mentally fatigued
This is the second time Zidane has stepped down from the Madrid job, having left the post in the summer of 2018 after earning a third straight Champions League triumph.
He was recalled under emergencies in the 2018/19 campaign after Lopetegui and Santiago Solari failed to make it to the plate.
Zidane’s expected exit from Madrid will alert both former club Juventus and the French national team, who are admirers of the 48-year-old’s work.
Real Madrid chef Florentino Perez will be responsible for finding a successor to Zidane
The Italian giants are reportedly losing patience with Andrea Pirlo after a poor season in Turin in which they let their Serie A crown slip and are under pressure to seal next season’s Champions League qualifier.
The availability of Zidane could also be of interest to France, although Didier Deschamps did an excellent job of guiding the national team to the 2018 World Cup, while remaining strong contenders to win the European Championship this summer.
Madrid legend Raul, who has impressed with the Madrid youth team, is being tipped to succeed Zidane in the Bernabeu dugout, while Max Allegri is also considered a forerunner to the gig.