Zinedine Zidane will once again be departing Real Madrid. Goal.com has confirmed that Zidane informed his players of his decision to leave the club once the season ends. His departure comes three years after he first left the club following Real Madrid’s their third consecutive UEFA Champions League title.
The last three years or so have not been great for Los Blancos. Shortly after the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, Zidane left and Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Juventus. In addition, the club acquired Eden Hazard from Chelsea in 2019 for over £100 million. Hazard has yet to make an impact for Real Madrid due to the numerous injuries he has sustained since he arrived in the Spanish capital. Overall, the club hasn’t been very good since 2018.
🚨 Zinedine Zidane has told his players that he will LEAVE Real Madrid at the end of the season, Goal can confirm. pic.twitter.com/QcNsCMr8Ld
— GOAL (@goal) May 15, 2021
Where Does Zidane Go From Here?
Considering his impressive resume, he should not be jobless very long. One source suggests Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Tottenham, and the French National Team as possible destinations.
They are all locations that are more than suitable for Zidane. However, it is unclear if the managerial position will be open for any of the clubs. As far as the National Team goes, Zidane is destined to one day take charge, though the contract for current manager Didier Deschamps runs through 2022. Deschamps and Zidane were international teammates as well as teammates at Juventus. Deschamps himself has said that he expects Zidane to take over the national team one day. However, maybe at the moment the time isn’t right. It’s possible if Deschamps leaves the position after Euro 2020 and Zidane is available, then the hiring could happen.
As far as Juventus goes, it is unknown whether current manager Andrea Pirlo will stay after the season concludes. The same goes with Mauricio Pochettino, the current manager of Paris Saint-Germain. Zidane played at Juventus from 1996 to 2001, so Juventus will always have him in mind when they need a new manager if he is available. If PSG dismisses Pochettino, Zidane ought to be on their candidate list as they could use a manager of with his knowledge and accomplishments. In PSG’s case, maybe bringing in Zidane will guarantee Kylian Mbappé staying with the club.
In Tottenham and Arsenal’s case, the future of each club is anything but bright. Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho not long ago and will certainly be looking for a new name to take over the managerial position full time. As far as Arsenal goes, it’s unknown what management plans to do with current manager Mikel Arteta. If they decide to move on, then they should also consider Zidane.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus are all perfect landing spots, considering three of the four clubs need a major rebuild. However, it is still unclear if the positions will be open soon. Regardless, there will be plenty of options on the table for Zidane.
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