Zinedine Zidane Makes Shock Retirement Plans After Being 'Worn Out' By Real Madrid Job
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says he has no plans of having a long career in management.
The 48-year-old, who returned to the Bernabeu last year after stepping down in May 2018, is eyeing an early retirement after the Los Blancos manager claimed he is 'worn out' by the job.
Zidane said his coaching career will be shorter than his playing one during a press conference after Madrid's 1-0 win against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday.
"I won't coach for 20 years. I'll retire before that." he said. "I'm an unusual coach, anything could happen. I'm not planning anything. It's the day-to-day that excites me. For how long, I don't know.
"In my head I've always been a player. I played for 18 or 19 years, and after that when people asked me if I'd be a coach, I said no.
"Then I decided to become one. This really wears you out. It won't be 20 years, that's for sure."
Zidane: "I'm not going to be a coach for 20 years. I'll retire before then. Because I'm not your average coach, anything can happen. That'll be the case with me. I've not got anything planned in my head. The day-to-day work is what motivates me."- Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) June 27, 2020
In his first spell at the club, Zidane spent two and a half years at the helm and achieved the remarkable record of winning the Champions League three times in a row, when it had never previously been won back-to-back.
But things haven't exactly gone to plan in recent months.
In terms of his short term future, the Frenchman is set to have a clearout at the Bernabeu this summer, and will reportedly offload five players in order to fund his transfer spree for next season.
According to AS, he's been told he needs to sell before he buys, with James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano mentioned for the chop, whilst Luka Modric, Nacho and Brahim Diaz could all leave too.
Thoughts on Zidane's latest comments?
Will he be at Real Madrid for long following a mediocre season in charge?
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