Zidane’s parting message
Real Madrid lost coach Zinedine Zidane at the end of the season after the Frenchman decided to leave yet again of his own accord.
Carlo Ancelotti has since replaced the club legend in the dugout ahead of the next campaign. However, Zidane wrote an open letter to supporters after his departure which raised many eyebrows.
Zidane said that he felt the faith from the club had gone.
“I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term,” he wrote.
“I understand football and I know the demands of a club like Real Madrid. I know when you don’t win, you have to leave. But with this a very important thing has been forgotten, everything I built day-to-day has been forgotten, what I brought to my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team.”
CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 02: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid reacts during a Real Madrid training session prior to the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at the National Stadium of Wales on June 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
The Frenchman also claimed that leaked messages about his possible sacking destabilised the team and caused the defeats they suffered.
“That’s why it hurt me so much when I read in the press, after a defeat, that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next game. It hurt me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings,” he said.
The fallout of this message is now just being felt.
€10 million betrayal
Spanish outlet ABC have claimed that a clause in Zinedine Zidane’s contract was inserted after his return which saw the inclusion of a penalty, amassing to €10 million, due to be paid should he decide to up and leave the club before the expiration date of the deal.
After the scare of “ZZ” in 2018, just after winning his third European Cup, the Frenchman returned to the bench a year later, on March 12, 2019, a penalty clause was signed by both parties if one or the other another broke the contract. In the case of the coach, if Zidane left again by his own decision, as has happened, he would have to pay a penalty of around ten million euros.
However, when Zidane did leave, the two parties came to an agreement to forego the penalty clause. In light of Zidane’s parting message, Real feel aggrieved to have now allowed him to go without the payment.
With this decision, Zidane’s letter in his goodbye , criticizing the lack of confidence he had felt, felt very bad in the White House. He published it four days after signing the settlement agreement, without having to pay the penalty. It bothered the entity a lot.
Unless there was any legalities which did not permit Zidane to leave a critical message post his departure, there is little Los Blancos can do but be irritated at the betrayal.
Where Zidane will coach next, of course he claims he is not yet tired of coaching, is still unknown.