Spanish football expert Gabriele Marcotti believes that the upcoming summer overhaul of players at Real Madrid and not mental fatigue could be the real reason why Zinedine Zidane decided to leave the Los Blancos.
The Frenchman shocked everyone by announcing his resignation last night, just five days after leading the club to their third successive Champions League title with Zidane citing the need for “a different voice” and “another methodology” to take the club forward.
Marcotti though believes that the fact the Real are in for a summer overhaul could have played a major part in his decision with the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in doubt at the moment.
“When you look at the make-up of this Real Madrid squad and the number of veterans, coming up to 27, 28, 29 or older in some cases and are tied into long-term contracts, 2021 like Cristiano, 2022 Gareth Bale and many others – you do wonder if maybe that played a part,” Marcotti said as quoted by Express.
“They could probably come back and win it again next year but at some point, this time will probably need to be blown up to some degree. There was talk already this year of bringing in new players, refreshing the team, and maybe Zidane didn’t want to be a part of that transition.
“That’s just a gut feeling on my part. I don’t think that that really played into it so much. I think it was more simply the fact that Zidane is tired and is worn out from the day-to-day grind of the job just as Pep Guardiola was after his four seasons in Barcelona,” he concluded.
The 45-year-old won nine trophies in his three-year spell with Madrid and goes out on a high leading them to three consecutive UCL trophies.