Spanish journalists, mostly from Madrid often wrote that Zidane could be fired, but Zinedine Zidane, in the four and a half years he spent at Real Madrid, very successfully managed to fight the windmills and to bring many trophies.
However, this time he made a decision - at the end of the season, the French expert will leave the Royal Club. The news was aired by the Madrid radio station Onda Cero, and shortly afterward the information was confirmed by the respected Marca, well informed about the events at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to the mentioned paper, Zidane informed the locker room that he decided to leave the club at the end of the season, no matter how it ended. As Marca further states, Zidane announced his decision to the team after the elimination from Chelsea in the semifinals of the Champions League, after training the day before the championship match with Sevilla, which is why the press conference started later than usual.
Two games left
As Zidane allegedly pointed out, the decision was well thought out and firm. The French expert saw that his cycle in Madrid is over and that it is time to step down as Real's head coach, which he once did at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Although, this time Zidane's decision is not so surprising. In the previous few months, the Frenchman was quite mysterious about staying in Madrid, and at yesterday's conference before the match with Athletic Bilbao, he indirectly showed that he could leave the club.
"It's true that there are two more games left. I don't know what will happen next. Anything can happen, it's Real Madrid. People think I'm leaving because I don't want to take responsibility when things get complicated, but it's not like that."
"I'm doing what I'm doing and I'm doing it to the very end. There comes a time when it's time for a change because it's so best for everyone. There are times when you have to be there and also when you have to go for the good of all," Zidane said.
In case he has definitely made a decision, Zidane has eight more days and two games ahead of him, in which he will try to win his third Primera, ie the 12th trophy with Real. In any case, he will leave Madrid as one of the most important coaches in the history of the club. In terms of the number of trophies won, the second most successful, behind Miguel Munoz, who has 14.