Zidane and full control

26 Apr 2019

Full control. This is what Zinedine Zidane will have in order to make his Real Madrid team, making important decisions and making sales.

On March 11, we repeated the calls of sports journalists in this country, ones full of euphoria for the return of Zidane the Messiah, the saviour of Real Madrid in general and Florentino Perez in particular. In truth, it was simply the most logical explanation: if he had accepted an offer to return so soon, then it was the case that they would allow him to do what they wouldn’t in June.

Just 45 days later and the Zizou effect has been lowered a little as the feeling of novelty has dissipated. While we have seen that even he is unable to get the team out of the mediocrity that has undermined the entire season, we know details of the renovation plans that Los Blancos are obliged to execute in the summer, and these plans aren’t yet finalised with the Frenchman wanting to take more time on some decisions.

As anticipated, the points of friction between the club and their coach seem to be clear when planning the team with regards to signings and departures. What happens though, is that this time it seems reasonable to think that a club like Real Madrid are morally obliged to pay even more attention to the wishes of the coach, even if they don’t agree with them at all.

As with Paul Pogba, for example.

Zidane wants his French compatriot at all costs to strengthen the midfield, that’s known to be true. However, it’s the case that the transfer of Pogba would cost somewhere between an awful lot of and too much money, both in terms of what Manchester United would demand as a transfer fee and what Pogba would want as a salary. This doesn’t even take into account the fee his agent, Mino Raiola, would ask for.

If we add that the club aren’t convinced of Pogba as either a player or a person, just as they weren’t three years ago, the reluctance to embark on a deal that will be closer to 200 million euros than 150 million euros is understandable. But, he’s Zidane‘s big request.

Another area in which there is a difference of opinion is between the goalposts. The technical department at the club point to Thibaut Courtois and Andriy Lunin as the ideal pairing of goalkeepers for the 2019/20 season. However, despite the fact he hasn’t spoken on the issue, it’s known that Zidane‘s most trusted stopper is Keylor Navas.

There are also potential sales. Two of the few bright spots of the current campaign has been Sergio Reguilon and Marcos Llorente, however they are just making up the numbers for the coach and look certain to head out on loan next season, a development that the technical department at Valdebebas don’t quite understand.

The solution is probably hidden behind a sentence that Zidane slipped into Wednesday’s press conference: “Sometimes things I want don’t happen, and vice versa.”

The question this time is who will be the one to stay without getting exactly what they want?

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