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With Real, Zidane is no longer the only one

When Florentino Perez is grappling with the coaching problem for the upcoming season, his best solution might not come from a name that has already made a brand.

Carlo Ancelotti’s departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season seems almost unavoidable. With his current contract set to expire in the summer, the Italian manager has been a target for the Brazilian Football Confederation throughout 2023 to appoint him as the head coach of the Brazilian national team.

Zidane enjoys beach relaxation amid rumors
Zidane enjoys beach relaxation amid rumors

If Ancelotti leaves, Florentino Perez may face difficulties in finding a replacement. Xabi Alonso is reportedly leading the race, though Raul Gonzalez and Alvaro Arbeloa are also viable candidates. Real Madrid could also consider Zinedine Zidane, who has been in contact with Perez despite being currently unemployed.

Zidane has been on a break since leaving Real Madrid for the second time at the end of the 2020-21 season. While he had hoped to take charge of the French national team after the 2022 World Cup, the French Football Federation unexpectedly extended Didier Deschamps’ contract.

Despite numerous options since his departure, Zidane appears selective and has not accepted any offers until a suitable opportunity arises. If Real Madrid calls, it’s conceivable that the former number 5 might accept the managerial position for the third time.

However, the question remains: Should Real Madrid bring him back? While Zidane achieved significant success in his first stint. Winning nine major trophies from 2016 to 2018, his second tenure was less smooth. Zidane led Real Madrid to La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup in his first season back but failed to secure any titles in the second season, leading to his departure in 2021.

Xabi is preparing for the treble with Bayer Leverkusen
Xabi is preparing for the treble with Bayer Leverkusen

Zidane also faced criticism during his second stint, particularly for what was perceived as inefficient use of certain players. The Brazilian forward has made significant progress under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, who succeeded Zidane.

While Zidane wouldn’t be a bad appointment for Real Madrid, someone like Xabi Alonso might be a much better choice. Real Madrid, not facing financial constraints like some other clubs, can opt for a more efficient solution than Zidane.

The internal dynamics at Real Madrid in the coming months will determine whether Zidane returns if Ancelotti departs. While Zidane could be an option, whether he remains a suitable one is still a subject for debate.

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