Zinedine Zidane is no longer Real Madrid manager with immediate effect. This is coming days after Los Blancos lost out on the La Liga title to city rivals Atletico Madrid and after a season where the club failed to land any silverware for the first time in 11 seasons.
Real Madrid were also eliminated from the semi-finals of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League by Chelsea in the season. It’s arguably the club’s worst season in more than a decade.
Fabrizio Romano broke the supposed exclusive news in a tweet picked up by Spanish sports outlets including Madrid sports dailies, namely, Marca and AS, and radio station Cadena Ser.
According to Romano, an official announcement of his departure would be made in the next hours or days. It can be recalled that the Frenchman denied speculations that he had already told his players he would be leaving at the end of the season some days back.
The Frenchman has a contract until 2022 and the Real Madrid hierarchy will now have to look for a suitable replacement going forward.
“How am I going to tell my players that I am going now? It’s a lie,” Zidane said after a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
“I focus on this season. There is a game left and we are going to give everything. I only care what happens in this finale.”
But, perhaps tellingly, he added: “The rest, we will see at the end of the season.”
Once the report is confirmed, it would be the end of the Frenchman’s second stint as Real Madrid manager.
He first became Madrid’s boss ins January 2016 and guided them to La Liga triumph in 2017 before guiding them to a whopping three successive Champions League triumphs and abruptly quitting in May 2018.