Zidane

Zidane, on why he resigned as Real Madrid coach

By Muhammin Olowoporoku

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he resigned as Real Madrid manager because he felt the Spanish club no longer had any confidence in him.

The Frenchman revealed this in an open letter on Monday.

“I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need and doesn’t offer me the support to build something in the medium or long term,” the Frenchman wrote in the letter published in the sports daily AS.

“I am a born winner and I was here to win trophies, but beyond this, there are human beings, emotions, life and I have the feeling that these things have not been valued, that it has not been understood that this is also how the dynamic of a great club is maintained,” he said.

“But everything I built on a daily basis, what I brought to the relationship with the players… has been forgotten.”

He added; “I’m leaving, but I’m not jumping ship and I’m not tired of coaching,”.

It is the second time that Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid manager.

Recall that he was appointed Madrid coach for the first time in January 2016 and guided Real to the 2017 La Liga title and an unprecedented hat-trick of Champions League titles before abruptly quitting on May 31, 2018.

Meanwhile, after less than a year, he was appointed again after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were sacked as managers in quick succession.

In his letter, Zidane said he left the club in 2018 because it needed “a different voice to keep itself at the highest” but this time “things are different”.

“I want what we have achieved together to be respected. I would have liked in recent months my relationship with the club and with the president (Florentino Perez) to have been a little different from that of other coaches,” Zidane said.

“I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, but a little more memory,” added Zidane.

“It hurt me a great deal when I would read in the press, after a loss, that they were going to fire me if I did not win the next match.

“It hurt me and the entire team because these messages which were intentionally leaked to the media created negative interferences with the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings.”

Zidane’s contract with Real was set to expire in 2022 but he had repeatedly refused to confirm he would still be at the club next season.