Zidane’s Farewell Message: I Left for These Reasons
Zidane’s farewell message explained the reasons for the French coach’s departure from Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane broke his silence and opened his heart in a sad message. He explained the reasons for his decision to leave Real Madrid.
Last Thursday, Real Madrid decided to announce Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid.
Los Blancos wanted to keep one of the best coaches in their history, despite the tough season in which Real Madrid lost all the titles.
Real Madrid lost the La Liga in the last round. But after all, Zidane chose to say goodbye after his second term with Madrid.
AS conveyed the French coach’s message, which included an explanation of his differences with Florentino Perez, the Spanish club’s president.
Zidane’s farewell message
Zidane’s farewell message read, “Dear Madridistas, for twenty years, from the first day I set foot in the city of Madrid and put on the white shirt, you’ve given me your love. I’ve always felt that there was something very special between us. I’ve had the great honor of being a player and a coach of the most important club in history. But above all, I’m just another Real Madrid player. For this, I wanted to write you this letter to say goodbye to you and explain my decision to leave.”
Zidane continued, “In March 2019, I agreed to return to coach Madrid after a break of about eight months because President Florentino Perez asked me to, but also because you told me every day.”
He continued, “Spending twenty years in Madrid has been the most beautiful thing that’s happened to me in my life. I know that I owe that exclusively to Florentino Perez, who bet on me in 2001, who fought for me, to enable me to come when there were certain people against the idea. I say it from my heart, I’ll always be grateful to the president for that, forever.”
He explained, “Now I’ve decided to leave and I want to explain the reasons well. In May 2018 I left because after two-and-a-half years with so many victories and so many trophies I felt the team needed a new voice to stay on top. Today, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel that the club no longer gives me the confidence I need. It doesn’t offer me the support I need to build something in the medium or long term. I know the demands of a club like Madrid. I know that when you don’t win you have to go.”
Human Relationships Are more Important than anything
He stressed, “But here a very important thing has been forgotten; everything I’ve built on a daily basis has been forgotten, what I’ve contributed to the players. I feel that these things haven’t been valued, it’s not been appreciated that this has also maintained the dynamics of this great club. Even, in a way, they reproached me.”
Zidane added, “I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president over the past few months to have been a little different to that of other coaches. I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, just a little more recollection. These days the life of a coach in the dugout at a big club is two seasons, a little more. For it to last longer the human relationships are essential. They are more important than money, more important than fame, more important than everything. That’s why it hurt me so much when I read in the press, after a defeat, that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next game. It hurt me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings.”
Zidane explained, “Luckily I had these amazing lads who were with me to the death. When things turned ugly they saved me with magnificent victories. Because they believed in me and knew I believed in them. Of course, I’m not the best coach in the world, but I’m able to give everyone, whether it’s a player, a member of the coaching staff, or any employee, the strength and confidence they need in their job. I know perfectly well what a team needs.”
Zidane concluded, “Dear Madridistas, I will always be one of you.”