Former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata warned the club’s president, Florentino Perez, that manager Zinedine Zidane would fail if they lost some of their top players, according to Diario Gol.
The now-Chelsea star left the Spanish capital after becoming concerned about his lack of minutes, with Zidane preferring Karim Benzema up front.
However, the French international has only scored twice in La Liga this season, and Morata feels his departure and others at Real have led to the club’s slip in form, as the coach would not be able to rebuild the team.
Stars not replaced properly
Morata has hit the ground running in West London, netting 12 times in all competitions so far this year, following a £58 million move in the summer.
He was not the only player to leave, with a host of senior stars exiting, including Pepe, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao and James Rodriguez, albeit the latter only joining Bayern Munich on loan.
However, only full-back Theo Hernandez and midfielder Dani Ceballos were brought in from Atletico Madrid and Real Betis respectively, but both have failed to impress so far.
Zidane has also preferred to replace the departures with youngsters, with the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Borja Mayoral featuring this season, in place of the more experienced Danilo and Morata.
Zizou out, Low in?
This has left the reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid sitting fourth in the table, 16 points behind rivals and league leaders Barcelona, while they also finished second in their Champions League group and now face a difficult tie against Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.
Their current form was foreseen by Morata, who warned Perez that should the club’s stars leave, then the French coach would not be able to bring in like-for-like replacements and it would cause Real Madrid to suffer.
Should Zidane fail to deliver results and silverware during rest of the season, then he could face the sack, with Perez already targeting Germany national team boss Joachim Low to take over.