A Spanish journalist, ABC, reported that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had forgiven French coach Zinedine Zidane for paying 10 million euros.
According to the newspaper, Zidane’s contract included a fine of 10 million euros in the event that he wanted to leave before the end of his contract in 2022, however, Real Madrid decided to forgive him.
The idea of this clause would not have occurred at this second stage until after what actually happened in 2018, when Zidane left without prior notice, but in a gesture of gratitude and respect for the club legend, the Board of Directors considered it appropriate not to activate the release clause and demand Zidane to pay 10 million euros, On the contrary: they respected the decision of the French coach and did not even hold a press conference, a request also made by Zizou.
The difference from the first time that the Frenchman left, is that Zidane, although he did not announce his final position until the end of the season, but he left doubts about his continuity, and this made Real Madrid start working on his hypothetical exit before that happened, and of course he did not make any firm offer to any candidate. Even the departure of the Algerian-born in Marseille became official.
It is worth noting that Real Madrid came out of the last season 2020-2021 without achieving any titles, as it finished second in the Spanish first division football “La Liga”, two points ahead of the defending champion Atlético Madrid, and also exited the semi-finals of the League The Champions League was defeated by Chelsea, the current continental title holder, and bid farewell to the King’s Cup, which was won by its arch-rival Barcelona.
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