Zinedine Zidane revealed that he came back because he “really loves” Real Madrid and couldn’t say no to Florentino Perez’s call.
Earlier today it emerged that Los Blancos had reappointed Zidane as manager and fired Santiago Solari in light of their disappointing defeats to Barcelona and Ajax.
The setbacks have practically cost Real any chance of claiming silverware for this season as chances of catching Barcelona in La Liga are remote due to a 12-point deficit, while hopes of a fourth successive Champions League title are over along with a first Copa del Rey crown since 2014.
Therefore, Los Merengues have turned to club legend Zidane in a desperate bid to overturn their terrible season heading into the final 11 La Liga matches of the current campaign.
The Frenchman led Real to three consecutive Champions League crowns along with a league title and two FIFA Club World Cups before stunning the football world last May by announcing his resignation.
Speaking in a press conference upon having his return confirmed, Zidane announced that it took no time at all for him to say yes to Perez’s call and is now eager to get down to work at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I’m feeling good and am happy to be back. I’m delighted to be back working at this great club and with this squad of players,” said Zidane on the club website.
“When the president called me, the first thing that I thought about was coming back and here I am. This is an important day and I’m here because I really love this club”.
“It’s a big challenge and I’m not thinking about the past because if I had done, I wouldn’t have come back. It’s about more than returning to Real Madrid.
“I’m really raring to head up this second project and serve the president, the club and the fans. I’m really raring to return and nobody can take my excitement to coach this team and ensure that they perform better away from me.
“I’m back in charge of the project with renewed energy after nine months out. I’m ready to once again experience what it means to coach Real Madrid and be at this great club, which I really love”.
Despite being strongly linked with taking charge of former club Juventus and a Premier League move to Manchester United and Chelsea in the past year, Zidane confirmed he had talked to nobody during his nine-month sabbatical.
“In the nine months that I’ve been away from the club, I haven’t done any interviews,” he announced.
“I couldn’t say ‘No’ to the president because he knows what’s going on with the players and after having won so much and there’s often a drop in performance levels.
“That’s what’s happened to us. I could see it from the outside and it’s as if I was part of it all. I’m not happy with how things have worked out. The only thing that we can do now is to do our very best in these 11 games and see what we can do in the future”.
The 46-year-old also intends to leave his achievements during his first spell in charge of Real in the past as he prepares to embark on a new era at the Bernabeu.
Zidane added: “I’m not thinking about that. If I did, I wouldn’t be here. My heart tells me that I’ve rested during these months, but the president and Real Madrid called me and that’s all there is to it.
“My desire is what has brought me here today. It’s perhaps the right time to return”.
Zidane’s first game back in charge of Real will be a home game against Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.