Former Real Madrid coach , Zinedine Zidane has finally reveals the reasons behind his departure from Real Madrid. He wrote the letter to the Madridistas, who he thanked for supporting him through thick and thin.
Since his departure was revealed, Zidane has kept his silence until today .
In this letter, Zidane professes his love for the club, his gratitude to the president, Florentino Pérez, and his bitterness at what he considers was a lack of faith in him and support for his work – the reasons he feels are behind his departure
“The club did not support me in building a project now or in the long term. I know football, I know the requirements of Real Madrid and I know that when you don’t win, you have to leave. But here one very important thing has been forgotten, everything that I have achieved,ZIDANE said.
“The news that I would be fired if I lost an upcoming match offended me and the entire team, because these messages were deliberately leaked to the media, creating a negative atmosphere with the staff which aroused suspicion and misunderstanding in the team.
“I have built relationships on a daily basis, with everyone at the club. I was born to be a winner and I was here to win titles, but there are humans and emotions and lives and I have a feeling that these things weren’t taken care of, even somehow I was blamed.
“I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president in recent months to be a little different. I am not asking for privileges, of course not, just asking for a memory, for what we achieved.
“The managerial career today in any major club will be two seasons, not much longer. In order to last longer, human relations are necessary. This is more important than money, than fame, than everything.
“I am also using this letter to send a message to journalists. I have held hundreds of press conferences and unfortunately we haven’t talked much about football. I don’t want to give you lessons but I wish the questions asked were not always controversial.
“When I agreed in March 2019 to return to Real Madrid after a hiatus of around eight months, it was because Florentino Perez asked me to do it of course, but also because you (fans) asked me to do so every day. I have always felt that there is something very special between me and Perez.
“I spent 20 years in Madrid and it is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me in my life and I know that I owe it to Florentino Perez.
“I have had the great honor of being a player and coach for the most important club in history, but above all I am just a Madridista like all of you.
“It is good that I have some wonderful guys who were with me to till the end. When things got worse, they saved me with great victories. Because they believed in me and knew that I believed in them.
“I tried to convey the values of Real Madrid in everything, especially to the players who were and will always be the most important in this game. Let’s not forget about football, let’s take care of football”
In his first spell at the club from January 2016 to May 2018, Zidane secured three consecutive Champions League titles and won the Spanish league once.
His second term was not as successful as the first, but after his return in March 2019, he led Madrid to La Liga title in 2020.
The Spanish giants are yet to announce a new coach.