The decision to resign from his post as Real Madrid coach has come as a shock to the club’s president Florentino Perez, who admitted they had not yet had time to establish a potential successor, though Mauricio Pochettino has since emerged as a front-runner.
Florentino Perez has assured that “after winning the Champions League, it is an unexpected decision”, and that for him it is “a sad day”, although he has emphasized that he wants to think it is a “see you later”, something that Zidane has not ruled out.
‘I wanted him as a player and a manager and I wanted him to be next to me forever, but I also know that, when he takes a decision, it’s a final decision.
‘I don’t want this to be a goodbye, just a “see you soon”.’ Zidane has ruled out taking another job since his departure, though Chelsea are trying to convince him to replace Antonio Conte after talks with their No 1 target Maurizio Sarri broke down amid concerns over previous homophobic comments.
Despite Perez insisting he did not want Zidane to leave, it is understood the two had contradicting opinions over plans for the club’s future, which had an impact on the Frenchman walking out.