Real Madrid made official the second resignation of Zinedine Zidane as club coach, who after a season without titles decided to end his stage as a Madrid coach, A decision that respects the club and shows “appreciation for your professionalism”.
“Zidane is one of the great myths of Real Madrid and his legend goes beyond what he has been as a coach and player of our club. He knows that he is at the heart of Real Madrid and that Real Madrid is and will always be his home “Reads the statement.
The French coach informed the club and his players on Wednesday of the decision he had made in four days of reflection after the conclusion of his most complicated season, the first without titles and with great wear.
“Real Madrid communicates that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current stage as coach of our club,” the Madrid club said in its statement, which until the last moment hoped that the Frenchman would fulfill the year of contract that he had signed.
“It is now time to respect his decision and show our appreciation for his professionalism, dedication and passion in all these years, and for what his figure represents for Real Madrid,” he added.
Zidane leaves as the foreign coach with the most games in the history of the white club and the second most successful coach, at 48 years old, with eleven titles won. He is three short of reaching the legend of Miguel Muñoz.
After starting his career as a coach at Castilla, Zidane made the jump to the first team on January 4, 2018, after the cessation of Rafael Benítez. In his first stage he directed 149 games with 105 wins, 28 draws and 16 defeats, going down in history for being the first in win three consecutive editions of the UEFA Champions League and also add a League, two European Super Cups, a Spanish Super Cup and two Club World Cups.
After the Champions League final in Kiev, the French coach understood that Real Madrid needed a new direction to win again, without him at the helm, and he resigned. He had already done it as a player, advancing the end of his career despite having a signed contract.
The bad season of Real Madrid without the Frenchman on the bench prompted their return. March 11, 2019With no options for any title after the passage of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, President Florentino Pérez convinced Zidane to rebuild the team in its second stage. Since his return, he was in command of 114 games with a poorer balance, 69 wins for 25 draws and up to 20 losses. He won a League and a Spanish Super Cup.
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