French coach Zinedine Zidane decided to break his silence to reveal the reasons for his departure from Real Madrid for the second time, justifying the decision not to have the confidence he needed to continue his duties at the club.
Last Thursday, the 1998 World Cup champion decided to separate from Real for the second time, a few days after the capital club gave up its title of champion of the Spanish League in favor of its neighbor Atletico.
After saying goodbye to Muzaffar as a player in 2006, and then his first departure as a coach in May 2018 five days after winning the Champions League three times in a row in an unprecedented achievement, Zidane left Real Madrid this time with dull numbers and a season without any title.
In addition to losing the League title, Real Madrid was eliminated from the Champions League this season in the semi-finals at the hands of Chelsea.
But in the open letter published Monday exclusively by the newspaper “AS”, he said: I have now decided to leave and I want to properly explain the reasons. I am gone not because I want to evade responsibility or because I am tired of training.
He explained: In May 2018 I left because I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the top level with so many wins and so many titles after two and a half years. At the moment, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel like the club no longer trusts me as much as I need, nor the support needed to build something in the medium or long term.
He continued: I understand football and know the requirements of a team like Real Madrid. I know that when you don’t win, you have to leave. But something very important was forgotten. Everything I built daily, what I brought with my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team, has been forgotten.
He stressed: I am a person who loves to win by nature and I have been here to win titles, but the most important thing is the people, their feelings, the life itself, and I have a feeling that these things have not been taken into account. There was a failure to understand that these things also preserve the dynamics of the great club. I have been criticized somewhat for that.