May 31, 2021

Zidane: Real Madrid Lost Faith in Me

Former Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has penned an open letter to Los Blancos fans to reveal the reasons that led to his departure from the club on Thursday, 27 May — the last day of the 2020/21 La Liga season.

The Frenchman had previously managed Real Madrid from 2016-2018 and helped the club win two La Liga titles and three Champions League silverware.

He rejoined Madrid 10 months later in March 2019 and during his return, the club suffered their first trophyless season in 11 years.

However, Zidane says ending the season trophyless is not the real reason for his exit.

In an open letter, published by Spanish media outlet, AS on Monday, 31 May – the 48-year-old tactician revealed that he felt the Spanish club no longer had any confidence in him.

He said: “I’m going, but I’m not jumping overboard, nor am I tired of coaching. 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.”

Zidane revealed that he was hurt by the club for threatening to dismiss him if he lost games, saying those deliberately leaked messages to the press had a negative influence in the squad, and created doubts and misunderstandings.

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