“I am happy to come back to my home and get back to work” with Real Madrid, said Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, named on Monday as the team’s new coach, saying his only concern is to hand the club back to “the place it deserves”.
Speaking at the press conference of his appearance as the new Merengue coach to replace Argentina’s Santiago Solari, Zidane said he returned to the club because its president, Florentino Pérez, called him also because “he likes a lot” Real Madrid.
He noted that his return to Real Madrid implies a “great responsibility”, saying he is determined to do everything he can to ensure that the club finds its best version.
Asked about possible changes in the team, the French coach stressed that the key for him is to focus on the remaining 11 games of La Liga to try to finish the championship in the best possible way.
Zidane pointed out that training Real Madrid “has nothing to do” with taking on the same job in other clubs.
The steering committee decided to appoint Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach with immediate effect, for the end of this season and the next three, until June 2022, announced earlier in the day the club.
Two coaches have been on Real Madrid’s bench since Zinedine Zidane left late last season, namely Spain’s Julen Lopetegui and Argentina’s Santiago Solari.
Recall that in his first stage with Real Madrid, Zidane has won nine titles: three European Champion Clubs Cups (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18), one Liga (2016/17), two Super -coupes d’Europe (2016 and 2017), two Club World Cups (2016 and 2017) and a Spanish Super-Cup (2017).