Cristiano Ronaldo was keen for Juventus to make Zinedine Zidane their manager


Zinedine Zidane has returned to Real Madrid as manager just 10 months after leaving the post.

Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari have both tried and failed to replace the Frenchman, who claims he "couldn't say no" when his former club came calling.

Asked at his unveiling whether he had any doubts about returning midway through the season, Zidane said: "There weren't any. In nine months I haven't given a single interview.

"When the president called, I couldn't say no. When you have been very successful and won a lot, you can suffer a dip and that's what's happened to us.

"I was on the outside but I could see what was happening on the inside. I wasn't happy with how things were going nor were the players.

"Now we have to see where we can get in the 11 games that remain and next season, which is the most important thing."

Several European clubs will be disappointed to learn that Zidane has returned to Real, such as Chelsea and Serie A champions Juventus.

Chelsea were reportedly keen on hiring the 46-year-old this summer amidst a rocky season under Maurizio Sarri, who has come close to losing his job on numerous occasions.

As for Juventus, the Old Lady had planned to bring in Zidane to replace Massimiliano Allegri and reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo joined Juve from Real for €100m last summer, which was one of the reasons why Zidane decided to leave Spain.

And according to Spanish newspaper AS, Ronaldo had actually given Juventus his blessing to make Zidane their new manager. The whole club is confused by his return to Real.

So what about a return for Ronaldo? Since the Zidane announcement, the Portuguese superstar has been linked with rejoining Los Blancos.


Zidane was asked about the chances of re-signing Ronaldo but said he's focusing on the players he currently has.

"That is not today's issue," he retorted. "We have 11 games to play, then we will see for next year. We all know Cristiano, one of the best players in this club's history.

"But today is not for talking about these things. I am not thinking yet about that. The most important thing is to be back at the club and I am just thinking now about these 11 games.

"We will have time to look at the rest, with the appropriate people, then we will plan for next season."

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