Zinedine Zidane prepared for Real Madrid exitOctober 25, 2017
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he is fully prepared for the time he leaves the club, saying he knows his time will be up one day.
The former French footballer took over the role of first team coach in 2016, replacing now Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez and he has since guided Los Blancos to a successful La Liga title last term and two consecutive Champions League honours.
Zidane, who was crowned FIFA’s Manager of the Year earlier this week, has spoken about his future at the club.
“Football always brings ups and downs so you need to understand how to recover,” Zidane told FIFA, as reported by Marca.
“If you are on an up then you have to try and stay there but I am aware that one day it will end for me at Madrid and I am prepared for that.
“I know that I am at a club that is used to winning trophies, the Champions League of course, but more so La Liga which I think is more difficult.
“My supposed ability to lead top players is based on my passion for football and my profession. More than the titles that I won as a player it is important that the players believe in my message and what I put in practice.
“If the players have faith in you then you can go a long way.”
Real Madrid’s impressive trophy haul at the FIFA Best Award ceremony came on Monday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA Best Player for the second consecutive year ahead of rivals Lionel Messi and Neymar.
The Portuguese international helped Madrid to a successful La Liga title and a second successive Champions League title, whilst Zidane was handed his honour.
Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric joined Ronaldo in the FIFA Team of the Year, meaning the Spanish club made it seven honours.
Madrid face lowly Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Thursday evening, before back-to-back away trips to Girona in the league and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.