The sudden return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid if nothing else, is a clear indication that the club really wants an improvement from its dire fortunes so far this season.
Ushered in with a contract that earns him £16million a year, Zidane is all set to continue at the Bernabeu until the end of the 2022 season, if all things go as per plan. And he has also been provided an estimated sum of at least £300million, to overhaul the squad.
Within hours of the Frenchman’s arrival, he has started creating waves of change at the club. There are already reports that he will sign either Hazard or Kante from Chelsea, and that he may even target a few other players.
The former World Champion also has the intention to sell a few of the current squad members, as it is now understood. Don Balon reports that Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale are heading for the exit door at the earliest. The media agency explained that Zidane’s impression on them from previous seasons, along with words spoken by the players themselves, confirms the news even ahead of an official announcement.
Ceballos reportedly said that he did not understand why Zidane doesn’t seem to favour him. “The one who has to explain why he did not give me opportunities, is him. I worked well, but there comes a time when you see that it’s impossible,” he said, before adding: “When the weeks pass and you realize you’re not important, it’s more difficult.”
The youngster recollected a moment from last year’s season when they were all set to win the Champions League, but were still way behind Barcelona in the La Liga. He remembered asking Zidane why he wasn’t “in the dynamics” even when other first-choice midfielders like Kroos and Modric were injured.
“He (Zidane) then changed the system to put other players (ahead of Ceballos). That burns you and hurts you,” Don Balon quoted Ceballos thus. “I do not hold a grudge against Zidane. If he continued, he had to find me a way out,” the Spaniard concluded.
Gareth Bale on the other hand, was not too eloquent the last time he talked about the Frenchman. But the two sentences he spoke carried the weight of a whole world.
“I did not talk to him after the Kiev final. In fact, we have not spoken again. Our relationship was good, but I would not say we’re friends,” Bale said. It is widely known that Zidane considers the Welshman too irregular in style, and it is expected that it might pave his way out of the Bernabeu, as per Don Balon.