Especially since the Frenchman orchestrated the final victory of the Spanish Champions League over the Reds in 2018 before leaving, coming back and then eliminating them from the same competition in the quarter-finals this year.
The managerial career of the World Cup winner has certainly been curious so far.
Two La Liga titles, three Champions League and two FIFA Club World Cups is certainly an impressive resume, but there is still a cloud of doubt above his head and how much that success simply rested on the Cristiano Ronaldo coat tails.
Whichever side of the coin you fall on, he has decided to leave Real Madrid, again, after a trophyless season at the Bernabeu and the La Liga side are sad to see him go.
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“Real Madrid CF announce that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current stage as coach of our club,” they confirmed in an official club statement.
“Now is the time to respect his decision and show him our appreciation for his professionalism, dedication and passion over the years, and for what his figure means to Real Madrid.
“Zidane is one of the great myths of Real Madrid and his legend goes beyond what he has been as a coach and player of our club. He knows he is at the heart of Real Madrid and that Real Madrid is and always will be his home. “
With the football transfer market still not stabilized amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen what sort of summer awaits us once the window opens.
But the big-name managerial roundabout is firmly underway, with Zidane just one of the many top bosses ready to move.
Andrea Pirlo would face sacking at Juventus, with Max Allegri a candidate to replace him.
Elsewhere, a fresh Serie A winner, Antonio Conte is also a contender who has already left Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly in talks over a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur after missing the Ligue 1 title with PSG.
Conte, Allegri and Pochettino are also reportedly potential possibilities to replace Zidane at Real Madrid, with the Frenchman on notice of a return to former club Juventus if he seeks an immediate return to management.
However, he has also been touted for a possible return to France as a replacement for Pochettino at PSG which could have big ripple effects in the transfer market.
Kylian Mbappe’s future remains the subject of constant speculation, with the forward continuing to resist signing a new deal with the French giants.
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The World Cup winner has been repeatedly linked with trips to Liverpool and Real Madrid, with reports suggesting he is strongly drawn to the idea of working with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp or football legend. France Zidane.
Now, both clubs have struggled financially during the coronavirus pandemic, which would make such a deal difficult to strike this summer.
And Klopp admitted he couldn’t see the striker or any other big money transfer this summer as a result.
“I hear a lot of talk about big money moves, I don’t know if Kylian Mbappe is going or not, if Haaland or Sancho will, those kind of players,” he said earlier this month.
“I don’t see that happening this summer because the football world is still not in the same place it was before. “
But despite such an admission from the German, Zidane’s own exit could lead to a change in Mbappe’s position.
It was his compatriot who reportedly pushed Real Madrid to sign the striker, with the losing charm offensive perhaps so popular now that the 1998 World Cup winner is no longer at the Bernabeu.
Despite the striker’s reluctance so far to extend his contract in Paris, which expires in 2022, PSG would like him to follow Neymar’s example and sign up for another three years.
Still eyeing a big move elsewhere, Mbappe is reportedly unwilling to commit his future to the club during this time. However, he would sign for a shorter extension if PSG can convince him with his summer move and football project.
“Everyone knows how deeply I am attached to the club,” he told Canal + after missing the Ligue 1 title in Lille.
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“I have always been very grateful to the president, my various coaches.
“What I want is to win, to feel somewhere where I can win, where there is a solid project around me.
“The football project is essential. I want to feel like I’m part of a team that’s going to do something (in the Champions League).
“Then it’s up to us to show what we can do… We talk to the club, we’ll see what happens. In any case, I have always been happy here and have lived four exceptional years here …
“We are very clear with the club. The club knows my relationship with it, this city, this country.
“We’re going to do things the way they should be, one way or another. “
It is clear that Mbappe wants to win the Champions League, having suffered a semi-final exit at the hands of Man City this season following last year’s final loss to Bayern Munich.
PSG have so far failed to achieve this goal, but if he were to sign three-time European Cup winner Zidane it would be a real sign of intent.
By giving Mbappe the opportunity to work with his childhood hero in the process, such a move may well be enough to secure the striker’s near-term future in Paris.
And while the 22-year-old is unlikely to make such a move before EURO 2020, it looks like Klopp’s transfer prediction may just be on the verge of coming true.