Zinedine Zidane said on Monday that he had resigned as Real Madrid coach because the club’s hierarchy did not have enough confidence in him to rebuild an aging squad.
Zidane, who returned to Real for a second term in March 2019, won two La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns during his two stints as coach.
However, he resigned last week after Real suffered their first trophyless season in 11 years, finishing second in La Liga, being knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals and suffering a humiliating Copa del Rey exit. in the round of 16 in the third division. Alcoyano minnows.
Antonio Conte is seen as Zidane’s successor at Real after missing first-choice Max Allegri, according to Sky in Italy.
In an open letter published in the Spanish sports daily AS, Zidane said the first time he left his coaching position in 2018 was because he felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the top level after experiencing so much of success.
“Right now things are different,” he said. “I am leaving because I feel that the club no longer has the self-confidence I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term.”
Zidane has also suggested his relationship with the club president has changed in recent weeks and has denounced the string of leaks and stories about his future coming from Los Blancos.
“I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president over the past few months to have been a bit different from that of other coaches,” he added.
“I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, just a little more memory.
“It hurt so much when I read in the press after a loss that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next match.
“It hurt me and the whole team because these messages deliberately leaked to the media had a negative influence on the team, they created doubts and misunderstandings.”