Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he didn’t tell his players at Real Madrid that he was leaving the club this summer. The 48-year-old French tactician said he couldn’t have said that when he and his players are still pushing for the La Liga title.
Zinedine Zidane has been having it very difficult in the 2020-2021 season as he is about to end the entire season without winning any title for the Spanish giants. The club hardly keep coaches that fail to win at least a major title no matter the antecedent of such a coach.
Hence, the speculation that Zinedine Zidane was set to leave the club this summer has refused to die down even though they are still in the race to win the La Liga title this season.
Recall that in May 2018, the French tactician had to leave Real Madrid after winning three successive UEFA Champions League titles for the club between 2016 and 2018. He returned to the club a year later and helped the club to win the 2019-2020 Serie A title.
Though he performed woefully in the Champions League last season, the fact that he won the league title saved his job. But that might not be his fate this season because the league’s table toppers, Atletico Madrid, are not ready to blink.
Currently, Atletico Madrid are topping the La Liga table with 83 points in 37 games with just a match to go. The only club that is still contending with Atletico is Real Madrid.
On Sunday, Zinedine Zidane and his boys traveled to San Mames to play against Athletic Bilbao and they won 1-0. The win took them two points closer to Atletico Madrid which means that if the current table-toppers lose their last game of the season and Real Madrid win, Zidane and his boys would become La Liga champions with just a point difference.
After Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Bilbao, Zidane told the press that he remains the coach of the Spanish giants and noted that his fate might be determined at the end of the season.
“How could I tell the players I’m leaving now? We’re giving our everything for the title and I just say ‘by the way, I’m off?” Zidane said.
“People outside the club can say whatever they like, but I would never, ever say that to my players…
“At the end of the season then we’ll see what happens, but right now we’re focused on our final game (against Villarreal).
“We can’t just keep talking about my future. The last game of the season is far more important than that.”
💬 Zidane: “We are still in it. We are going to give our all until the final minute. We knew the league would go down to the last minute. We are going to fight for it. I’m happy about our match. We’re still alive."#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/j1oaCqtVGw— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) May 16, 2021
The current contract of Zidane will officially expire in June 2022. However, if the unthinkable happens and he can win this season’s La Liga title for Madrid again, the club’s president, Florentino Perez might be tempted to offer him a contract extension.