Zinedine Zidane has reportedly made a decision on his future at Real Madrid amid continuous pressure from the Spanish press.
After guiding Real Madrid to unprecedented three successive Champions League titles, Zidane left the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018 only to return to the club the following year.
During his first managerial stint in the Spanish capital, Zizou won the La Liga title in 2016/17 and led his side to back-to-back UEFA Super Cup triumphs in 2016 and 2017.
Although it seemed unlikely he can replicate such feats during his second tenure, the Frenchman has managed to get Real Madrid back on track following an utterly underwhelming Julen Lopetegui’s tenure.
Zidane navigated Los Merengues to the league title back last season and is firmly in contention for retaining the crown this year.
With two La Liga fixtures left to go, the reigning champions are two points off cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid and have yet to abandon their hopes of defending the crown.
Probably the only dark spot this season was the Champions League semi-final elimination to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Madrid crumbled in both legs to bow out on an aggregate scoreline of 3-1, which brought Zidane under heavy scrutiny.
Florentino Perez, who played a vital role in luring the 48-year-old back to the capital, is desperate to keep his beloved head coach on board beyond the summer.
Unfortunately, Zidane seems to have other ideas. Tired of listening to critics despite establishing Madrid as genuine title contenders, the former midfielder looks to cut ties with the club at the end of the season.
According to Telemadrid, the famous Frenchman has decided to take a break from his managerial duties as he feels exhausted following another tense season.
Even though Perez cannot imagine his team without the former Ballon d’Or winner at the helm, he has already found Zidane’s successor.
It is another ex-Real Madrid star, Raul Gonzalez Blanco. Currently in charge of the youth section at the Bernabeu, the 43-year-old Spaniard could fill the vacancy if the current head coach resigns his current position.