Real Madrid no longer had faith in me, Zidane says




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Zinedine Zidane has revealed he left La Liga giants Real Madrid as the “club no longer has the faith me need”.

Zidane called time on his coaching spell with Real Madrid after Los Blancos were dethroned by city rivals Atletico Madrid La Liga this past .

The 48-year-old Frenchman returned the Santiago Bernabeu March 2019, having delivered three successive UEFA Champions League titles and one La Liga trophy between January 2016 and May 2018.

While Zidane led Real Madrid La Liga glory in 2019/2020, the Spanish capital side endured a difficult 2020/2021 campaign, and were eliminated by minnows Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey.

They were edged out by Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, and pipped back--back La Liga trophies by Atletico Madrid.

Zidane lifted the lid on his Real Madrid exit via an open letter published on Monday.

The club are reportedly eyeing former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Mauricio Pochettino and former club great Raul as replacements.

’m leaving because feel the club no longer has the faith in me need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term,” Zidane was quoted as saying in the letter.

understand and I know the demands 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.

“I’m a natural-born winner and I was here to win trophies.

”But even more important than this are the people, their feelings, life itself and I have the sensation these things have been taken into account, there has been a failure to understand these things also keep the dynamics a great club going.

“To some extent, I have even been rebuked for it.

“I want there to be respect for what we have achieved together. I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president the past few months to have been a little different to other coaches.

“I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course , just a little more recollection.

“These days the life of a in the dugout at a big club is two seasons, little more.

“For it to last longer the human relationships are essential, they are more important than money, more important than fame, more important than everything. They need to be nurtured.

“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 hurts me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad. They created doubts and misunderstandings.”

(dpa/NAN)