Zinedine Zidane not worried about his future, says ‘I only focus on the present’

Real Madrid manager said he does not “know what will happen” in the future amid reports of a summer exit.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane in a file photo; Credit: Real Madrid Twitter

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is not concerned about his future at this point as he remains focused on the final two games in La Liga. The Los Blancos are currently in second place and are two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in the league table. With Real fighting to leapfrog Atletico to the top spot, reports in Spain have suggested that Zidane might step down from his role as Real head coach. When asked about his future, the Frenchman did not give any guarantees of staying at the club.

“I don’t know what’ll happen. I’m here, we’re playing tomorrow and next week, but I don’t know what happens after that because this is Real Madrid,” Zidane told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Athletic Bilbao. “I only focus on the present, not the future or the past.”

In 2018, Zidane unexpectedly left the club immediately after winning a third successive Champions League trophy. However, he returned 10 months later. The Frenchman also quit the club as a player in 2006. “People think I left in the past because I didn’t want the responsibility or because things got too difficult. No, never,” he asserted.

“The only thing is that I work my socks off and there comes a point when it’s time for a change. But not just for me, for the players and the club, for everyone. I don’t leave because it’s easier to go. There are moments when you need to be around and moments when the end arrives and you have to make a change.”

‘Mutual respect’

The former World Cup winner also spoke about his relationship with the dressing room. “There has always been complete mutual respect. As I was a player myself, for me the players are the most important thing. They have to feel comfortable in the working environment if they’re to perform.”

“We want to do good things and we know that this is the best club in the world. Every one of us contributes something to this club and that can never be taken away.”

Zidane also insisted that the team chemistry is really good. “When I talk about energy, I’m talking about how we set up out of possession and what we do to counter the opposition’s strengths,” he added.

“Given that we’ve got some quality players, when you do that properly, the important thing is the chemistry between the players and there’s great chemistry between them. There are a lot of strengths here.”




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