While Santiago Solari continues to appear to be living on borrowed time at the Santiago Bernabeu, talk of his replacement has only increased.
Jorge Valdano gave his opinion on the matter, making clear that whilst Zinedine Zidane represents the unanimity of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho represents division.
Both coaches have been labelled as the frontrunners for a return to the Spanish capital, not least with the Portuguese coach having been left unattached after being sacked by Manchester United in December.
“Zidane represents the unanimity of Real Madrid, Mourinho represents the division,” he explained in an interview with Onda Cero.
“I don’t think anyone would be unhappy with Zidane returning, whereas Mourinho has both pros and cons.
“There will be people on his side and people against him, Real Madrid need to assess their squad with a number of young players needing careful treatment.”
Real Madrid‘s disastrous week has left a dark cloud over the remainder of the campaign, yet the Argentine believes that the pressure hasn’t helped the younger members of the Los Merengues squad.
“It’s not easy to play like this, especially if you’re young,” he intimated.
“It’s hard to find an environment more challenging than this, it’s a very demanding club.”
Isco is completely out of favour at the club now, especially after his latest controversy which saw him miss the pre-match talk Solari gave ahead of the Ajax defeat.
Whilst many believe the Spanish playmaker to have been treated poorly this term, Valdano has little sympathy for his intentional flouting of club rules.
“There are internal regulations which force players to comply with certain rules,” he confirmed.
“Anyone who doesn’t respect them must pay the consequences.
“Discipline serves to increase professionalism in times of crisis.”