Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly promised Zinedine Zidane $338 million to buy new players in his second spell as a coach. It is believed Real Madrid’s budget will help reappointed coach Zidane to buy three superstars this summer.
Real Madrid’s shocking exit from Champions League by Ajax led to former manager Santiago Solari’s sacking and paved the way of Zidane’s return to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The 1998 World Cup winning hero of France left the 10 months ago.
According to Agustin Martin of AS, in order to convince Zidane to come back, club president Florentino Perez has had to hand plenty of power to the former midfielder, as well as a lucrative salary. It’s said he has been “handed the keys to the Bernabeu.”
The Frenchman has been handed complete control over all sporting decisions and promised as much backing in the transfer market as he feels is necessary to make Madrid a force again.
At the same time, Zidane has been promised three major signings, with Madrid potentially set for a similar summer to 2009, when they landed Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kaka to demonstrate a complete overhaul.
The wage being earned by the new Madrid boss is also said to be in the same region as the likes of Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola, who are among the highest-paid coaches in the world.
The 46-year-old heads back to Madrid with a sparkling reputation, as he steered Los Blancos to three UEFA Champions League successes during his two-and-a-half years in charge of the club.
We must take a heart from the fact that following Zidane’s departure, Real Madrid have witnessed a sharp fall in performances.
Not only did they fail to sufficiently replace Ronaldo following his sale to Juventus, but they also appointed Julen Lopetegui, the then-Spain manager, ahead of the FIFA World Cup in farcical circumstances.
With Real Madrid are already out of title race for La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League Zidane has nothing to tinker with Real Madrid embracing the end of the season. However, his main focus should be to build a strong squad for the next season.
In Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos it appears Zidane has a core of experienced players he can still rely on. However, it is understood that the club is looking forward to buying young players to give them a long run for the betterment of the club.