In an open letter published by AS on Monday, Zinedine Zidane, the former Real Madrid manager, explained his intention to depart the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane has announced his departure from Real Madrid, claiming that the club no longer has the trust in me that I demand. He ended his second spell with Madrid after Los Blancos were dethroned by local rivals Atletico Madrid in LaLiga this season.
In an open letter released on Monday, Zidane revealed his resignation from Real Madrid, with the club reportedly considering former Inter manager Antonio Conte, Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino, and Raul as successors.
“You’ve shown me your affection for more than 20 years, from the first day I came to Madrid and donned the white shirt. I’ve always had the impression that there was something special about us. I’ve had the incredible honor of playing for and coaching the greatest team in history, but above all, I’m simply another Madrid supporter.
For all of these reasons, I’ve decided to write you this letter to say goodbye and explain why I’ve decided to quit the coaching position.
When I accepted the chance to return to Madrid after an eight-month hiatus in March 2019, it was, of course, because president Florentino Perez asked me, but it was also because every one of you begged me every day.
I sensed your support and want to see me with the squad again whenever I ran into any of you on the street. Because I share Real Madrid’s principles; the club is owned by its members, supporters, and the entire globe. In all I’ve done, I’ve attempted to live up to these beliefs and set an example.
Being in Madrid for the past 20 years is the most wonderful thing that has happened to me in my life, and I know I owe it all to Florentino Perez’s support in 2001 when he battled to get me here, even though some people were against it. I truly mean it when I say that I shall be eternally thankful to the ‘press for that. Continually.
I’ve decided to depart, and I’d want to explain why. I’m going, but I’m not abandoning my responsibilities as a coach. After two and a half years and numerous triumphs and trophies, I decided to leave in May 2018 because I believed the squad needed a fresh strategy to continue at the top.
Things are different right now. I’m going because I don’t believe the club has the trust in me that I require. Nor the resources to help me establish anything in the medium or long term.
I am familiar with football and the demands placed on a team like Real Madrid. I understand that if you don’t win, you must go. But something very significant has been forgotten as a result of this. All I established day-to-day, everything I brought to my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team has been forgotten.
I’m a natural-born winner. I came here to win trophies. Even more important than that are the people, their feelings, and life itself. I have the impression that these factors have been overlooked. There has been a failure to recognize that these factors also contribute to the dynamics of a great club. I’ve even been chastised for it to some level.
I want to be respected for what we’ve accomplished together. Over the last six months, I’d want my connection with the club and the president to be a little different from that of other coaches. Of course, I wasn’t asking for special treatment; all I wanted was a bit more remembrance. A coach’s career in the dugout at a major league team nowadays lasts no more than two seasons.
Human connections are more vital than money. It is more vital than celebrity, more vital than anything if it is to live longer. They must be cared for. That’s why it stung so much. I read in the news after a loss that if I didn’t win the following game, I’d be fired.
It harmed myself and the whole team. The purposely leaked communications to the media had a bad impact on the team. It caused confusion and misconceptions.
Fortunately, I had these incredible men who were with me to the end. When things became bad, they came through for me with spectacular triumphs. They believed in me because they knew I believed in them. Of course, I’m not the finest coach in the world. I can offer anyone the strength and confidence they need to succeed in their profession. Whether it’s a player, a member of the coaching staff, or any other employee.
I understand exactly what a team needs. Over my 20 years at Real Madrid, I’ve learned that you, the fans, want us to give it our all. The coach, the staff, the personnel, and, of course, the players. And I can guarantee you that we’ve given all we’ve got to this club.”