There is a feeling in the Merengue ranks that the Frenchman has had enough of events beyond his control and is considering leaving.
There is a feeling in Real Madrid’s dressing room that Zinedine Zidane will not be in charge of the club next season as the Frenchman is set to leave the club before his final year of contract.
Goal spoke with a number of players at different levels of the playing team in the Spanish capital, with the general consensus being that change is near. There is a feeling that a tired and annoyed Zidane is ready to leave his post, despite his contract until 2022.
The feeling inside the Madrid camp is that Zidane is tired of dealing with events beyond his control. Since launching a coronavirus-hit 2020-2021 campaign in September, Real have found themselves battling fires on multiple fronts – injuries, a busy schedule and regular rounds of criticism on and off the pitch . Things have now come to a head after a disappointing Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea as Zidane’s mood continues to deteriorate.
He is also no longer able to call on the full support of some of his great players, like Marcelo and Isco who are increasingly disappointed with their respective roles on the sidelines of the eleven.
Meanwhile, Goal has learned that Zidane is now bored with the daily routine he has had to follow for over 12 months. He loves being at Valdebebas, leading workouts with a star-studded squad, but Covid-19 protocols have taken away much of the fun associated with the job. In the present, working life at Madrid has become a series of relentless tests, with Zidane now having to shower at home and do preparatory work away from his players.
Real executives are still hopeful that Zidane can be convinced to finish the last 12 months of his contract. Planning talks have taken place, but the Frenchman remained vague when asked about his future in pre-match press conferences.
Any decision he makes will be respected by Los Blancos’ board, but there may be some landmark transfers over the summer that will persuade him to stay – with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé remaining a Prime target that Zidane has been working on for some time.