The fallout may have intensified at Real Madrid following the Parisien embarrassment on Wednesday evening, however, this is something that has been rumbling for some time. Zinedine Zidane’s position, even this early in the new campaign, is on thin ice, and another former Bernabéu star is being eyed as his successor, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Los Blancos’ president plays a huge role at the club on various levels, and that includes his involvement in making player signings, not just the cheque writing but also the decision making. His plan was to buy up the great young talent and sprinkle them with a Galáctico or two. This is yet to pay dividends.
Florentino now has a decision to make. Continue with Zidane, give him the chance to get the best out of his new recruits once they have bedded in (a convincing victory over LaLiga leaders Sevilla this weekend would help reignite that option) or look to bring in someone he trusts more. According to Mundo, the president told one of his relatives that the club made a mistake by letting Xabi Alonso go (from Castilla to Real Sociedad), and that he is the preferred one to take over, more so than Raúl who is developing with Madrid’s B team. It is said that Pérez sees Alonso as having more character and greater tactical nous.