La Liga : Zidane comments on Ronaldo’s Possible come back as He is Unveiled As R. Madrid Coach
Their exits hit Real Madrid bad as seen in how the club’s season has gone till date – out of the Copa del Rey at the hands of their arch-rival, Barcelona, and out of the UEFA Champions League in humiliating fashion at the hands of Ajax. This led the Real Madrid board to sack a second manager this season in order to bring back one of the two men whose exits rocked the Santiago Bernabeu to its knees, Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane has come back as coach of Real Madrid just 284 days after walking away from the club in May 2018; days after victory in the Champions League final. The Frenchman, who won three consecutive Champions Leagues in two-and-a-half years for Los Blancos, has been convinced by the club’s board to take over again – signing a new contract until June 2022 – following a week in which Madrid were defeated three times in a row at home in all competitions.
And at the press conference where he was unveiled by the club, Zidane expressed his happiness at returning home. “I am very happy to be back, the most important thing is that. As the president says I am happy to be coming home. I want to work again and put this club where it should be. The only thing for me is to start work tomorrow,” Zidane said to the press on Monday night in Madrid.
Inevitably, the new Madrid boss was asked about the return of former talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo to the club. “It’s not the issue, now there are eleven games and then we’ll see for next year, we all know what Cristiano has been here, it’s the history of this club, he’s been one of the best, but it’s not time to talk about him now,” Zidane said.
He added: “I am not thinking yet about signings. The most important thing is to be back at the club, and I am just thinking now about these 11 games. We will have time to look at the rest, with the appropriate people, to plan for next season.”
Zidane also brushed aside talk that he made a mistake in walking away from the job last year. “When I left, it was the best decision for everyone,” he insisted. “The team and the squad needed a change. There is nothing more. I told you what I thought at the time. Nine months passed and the club called me again. I want to put Real Madrid back where it belongs. We all know it’s the best club in the world,” he said.
The Frenchman has signed a three-year deal which would run until the summer of 2022, as Real Madrid look to rebuild after a season to forget – Los Blancos look destined to end the season without a trophy as Barcelona holds a 12-point gap over them in the race for the La Liga title, with Real’s city rival, Atletico Madrid five points ahead in second place with 11 matches left in the league season.
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