Zinedine Zidane has decided to resign as coach of Real Madrid effective immediately. This is the second time the French legend has decided to step down as the club’s manager in three years. Multiple reports across Europe confirmed that the three-time Champions League-winning coach decided to resign from this position after holding talks with Florentino Pérez.
Given that it has been a disappointing season for Real Madrid, there was a lot of speculation about Zidane’s future. Real Madrid failed to defend the La Liga title and lost to city rival Atlético de Madrid. The Whites withdrew from the Champions League against Chelsea. Madrid also lost 2-1 to second division CD Alcoyano in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey this season.
Zidane first became known as Los Blancos coach in 2016 after the departure of Rafa Benítez. In his first season in charge, he proved success by winning the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2016. He helped Real Madrid become the first team to win three Champions League in one role. Along with success in Europe, Real Madrid also won a La Liga title, UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups under Zidane’s leadership.
The French manager left Real Madrid in 2018. Los Blancos brought him back in 2019, but Zidane was unable to emulate European success as his previous tenure. In his second term, he helped Real Madrid win La Liga in 2020. Zidane’s current contract kept him at the club until 2022 and he had an annual salary of £ 12 million per year.
Although it is too early to decide Zidane’s next destination, Real Madrid He has started looking for a possible replacement after the Frenchman’s departure. Massimiliano Allegri is one of the names topping the list and Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez would love to bring him to the club.
Real Madrid didn’t spend a penny on players last summer. The Spanish club is struggling financially, which explains his persistence with the European Super League. Next summer’s window is critical for Los Blancos as they seek to strengthen the team along with the appointment of a top coach.