Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane could quit the Bernabeu after becoming frustrated with an injury-hit season and constant criticism aimed at his struggling side, according to reports.
The Frenchman, who is contracted to the club in 2022, is said to have grown ‘tired of dealing with events outside of his control’.
As a result, reports claim there are a growing number of players and staff members who believe there will be a change at the helm next season.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane could reportedly terminate his contract early
According to Goal, a ‘tired and annoyed’ Zidane is prepared to step down from his position as the Real Madrid manager.
Zidane has completed the majority of the season with an injury-ravaged squad and is said to be frustrated with the available players at his disposal.
The LaLiga manager also feels he has been unfairly criticised for Real Madrid’s results this season.
He believes the squad’s injury status combined with the hectic schedule following the coronavirus pandemic has caused their poor form this season.
Zidane was heavily criticised for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final exit to Chelsea – as the LaLiga giants lost 2-0 away at Stamford Bridge to crash out of the tournament.
The French manager has reportedly grown ‘tired of dealing with events outside of his control’
He is also frustrated with the criticism he has received this season despite their injuries
Their European downfall has added to Zidane’s sour feelings about the club during the current circumstances.
The report also added that the Frenchman has become bored with his daily routine amid Covid-19 restrictions.
He is tired of the endless rounds of testing and the strict protocols that have seen him ‘shower at home and carry out preparatory work away from his players’, it claims, and also believes his inability to train a ‘star-studded squad’ due to the restrictions has removed the fun associated with the job.
Despite Zidane’s current feelings, the Real Madrid the board remain ‘hopeful’ that they can convince the French manager to stay at the club next season.
Their Champions League downfall has continued to sour Zidane’s feelings about the club
Despite this, the Real Madrid board are eager to keep the manager who lost to Chelsea
Both parties are said to be in negotiations over the manager’s future – although Zidane has remained coy when quizzed at his pre-match press conferences.
Should Real Madrid fail to agree terms with Zidane, they will look to replace the legendary manager. Club legend Raul – who coaches the Castilla side – has been touted as a potential replacement for the Frenchman.
Joachim Low – who will walk away from the German national side after this summer’s European Championship – could come in to replace Zidane. Ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is also said to be in the running for the LaLiga job.