French tactician Zinedine Zidane will resign as Real Madrid’s head coach next season.
According to well-connected, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Zidane has decided to leave the Madrid club with immediate effect.
Romano broke the news on Wednesday night, that is, just last night.
Zinedine Zidane became Real Madrid manager, for the first time, in 2016, but he resigned within a year in 2017.
Then, Zidane returned again to Real Madrid in 2019 “after a break”. He went on to win the Spanish championship and the Spanish Super Cup with the club.
But the Frenchman had been mulling over his future in the days following the conclusion of the domestic season.
Zidane Will Resign as Real Madrid’s Head Coach – But Why?
Zidane allegedly feels that his time at Madrid is coming to a close. He opines that Los Blancos need fresh blood and new ideas, if are to return as Europe’s elite.
After all, Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier Alcoyano this season. This, as well as their Supercopa de Espana elimination by Athletic Bilbao, has disheartened Zidane.
In the Champions League, their holy grail, meanwhile, they were comprehensively outclassed by Chelsea over two legs in the semi-final.
Madrid lost the title on the final day of the campaign to city rivals Atletico Madrid, by just two points.
Also, the gossip in the Real Madrid locker room, that Zidane would not continue next season, spread like wildfire.
Further, many players like Marcelo, with whom Zidane had a fight, have hinted they want him out.
For all these reasons, and perhaps another of his tiredness with season after season, Zidane is finally leaving.
What Next for Zidane and Real Madrid?
Madrid wanted to keep Zidane on. But the Frenchman has decided to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for the third time of his own volition. (Once he left as a player, and twice now as a coach.)
Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was previously reported as a priority option in case of Zidane’s departure.
Meanwhile, rumors tip Zidane himself to go to Juventus, Allegri’s former club, to replace Andrea Pirlo, who may himself resign.