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From Guillem Balague
Spanish football writer
In the media release of a TV show about himself , Sergio Ramos joked with journalists:”I’ve more seasons now with Amazon than I do with Real Madrid.”
The Spain centre-back has two years left on his contract in the Bernabeu but his team aren’t currently looking to renew it.
And while Ramos has been a continuous presence at Actual for 14 years, the uncertainty surrounding his future adds to the increasing sense of uncertainty around a club that has won four of their past six Champions Leagues.
Since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager to the end of last year, his triumph percentage is under 50% and there has been little to suggest improvement.
Real still seem unsettled and they are still inconsistent, worrying signs as they enter two week-period in which they will confront Paris St-Germain in the Champions League, as well as leaders Ateltico Madrid and Champions League qualifiers Sevilla at La Liga.
Moments such as these are not anything new at Real Madrid, a recurrent soap opera supplying tales of intrigue, conspiracy and passion and never failing to match one cliff-hanger after the other, both on and off the pitch.
However, since the perennial winners of Europe is Zidane unable to produce the impact this time round, get their newest European campaign , and is there a danger the Frenchman may not be there come the Champions League final?
Zidane wrote himself when he stopped after finally winning the Champions League at the end of the 2017-18 year – his third title in a row. He felt that he was not going to receive and there were large adjustments to make in the club.
He may have picked this time of footballing exile that was self-imposed as an chance to reflect as a coach and a player. He likely didn’t encounter the words of poet Felix Dennis:
Never go back. Never return.
Never surrender the long run you’ve earned.
Keep to the beaten track, to the trail.
Never go back to the bridges you burned.
Nor did he shoot advice from people near him. In Marchhe returned at the request of president Florentino Perez, who had tried to entice Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham and the former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Zidane took the job prior to the conclusion of last season because they told him if he didn’t, Jose Mourinho would be the chosen one (much more on that later). He was assured he would be in determining who arrived in and that left a significant participant. And there would be a lot of changes.
There needed to be. Zidane’s final Champions League success flattered to deceive in a season when his side ended 17 points supporting La Liga winners Barcelona.
But matters have not improved. Ever since coming back, he has won seven of 15 league matches, a success rate of 46.7%. Santiago Solari, the man he replaced, won 22 out of 32 games accountable for a win rate of 68.8 percent. This was considerably higher than Zidane’s although not large enough to earn the president’s confidence and the Argentine was dismissed after only four.
Crucial injuries to players such as Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard, a summer signing who found himself sidelined prior to kicking a ball to the cluband their part , have played in the beginning.
But have the changeable tactics of Zidane.
Looks to have hit the floor running. Luka Jovic – that came from Eintracht Frankfurt, where he had been scoring for fun – has not looked like he has the quality. At least not at Zidane’s view, who replaced him with midfielder Luka Modric after 68 minutes and then has started him.
Real additionally signed some kids for large money – Eder Militao, 21, (Number 42.7m from Porto) and 18-year-old ahead Rodrygo (#40.2m from Santos). While the former has to attribute the latter has been hurt because pre-season.
Zidane hasn’t been regarded as a Einstein however, his trump card in Real Madrid has been. It is perceived by most as a peaceful, harmonious co-existence.
But there are indications that these customs are crumbling.
In deciding who should go and who should stay, the 47-year-old has not endeared himself to several of the Madrid loyal. They’ll see the sale to the nephew of the Gento Atletico of Marcos Llorente and also a Blanco to the bone, as a Kind of betrayal.
They’ll also be unimpressed with all the loaning out to Sevilla of Reguilon, yet another product of their La Fabrica academy who would have slotted into the position maintained by Marcelo, that had been 11kg over his optimum weight last year and has been fighting on that front since. And there was the loan departure of Dani Ceballos, who may do a job to the club at midfield, to Arsenal.
The obsession with earning compatriot Paul Pogba of zidane has not been fairly not because Manchester United never had any intention of selling him and Perez never appeared that keen on buying the 26-year-old.
The team had agreed conditions with Ajax’s Donny van de Beek and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, since Pogba had been the midfielder he 30, however the moves stopped.
The reality is that Zidane and the club were hoping to sell Isco, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, but no offers were forthcoming. For all, his use of these players is little more than a pole he’s using to beat the president with by saying, basically:”You did not get me the player I needed now I will get to use the players you desired .”
Bizarrely, Bale’s lack of connection with the director has triggered precisely the kind of response that Zidane could have hoped for, with the Wales forward putting in some”I will show you” performances which have brought both goals and one assist in three matches. The downside is the fact that it has also made him a red card – thanks to two yellows accumulated in under two minutes – plus also a one-match ban.
And in the end, the club’s choice to sell goalkeeper Keylor Navas to Paris St-Germain was never something Zidane desired .
The general opinion in the Bernabeu is that the connection between Zidane and Perez isn’t the very ideal. A branch between them is being created by their differences on Pogba and Navas, from the club’s failure to get rid of players the Frenchman didn’t want, and from the confusion over strategies – with the team lining up for one match with three in the back, the second in a 4-3-3 set-up and the following as a 4-4-2.
Perez is frustrated at the lack of match time for some signings and, for the first time in a while, the president feels he’s not in control and the manager isn’t doing as he’d like.
Zidane cannot be happy now finding himself combined with players.
Close to Perez, the Madrid media as a consequence are beginning to make mischief.
Zidane should understand drastic things can happen when that occurs.
The title of Mourinho, who has rejected at least one large offer from China, has in relation to the job that was actual.
At the end of 2015, before Mourinho joined Manchester United and as Rafael Benitez had been unable to win hearts and minds, Perez talked to him.
Among the prior thorns in the face of the Portuguese trainer, iker Casillas, was gone. The goalkeeper was a lamb, unceremoniously given away to Porto after a profession that had, till then, been committed to 2 sides – his country and his team.
Only two problems remained: Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2 players Mourinho blamed because of his death.
Get rid of these, ” he told Perez, also we can speak.
Ronaldo is at Juventus. One down, one to go.
I would not wager much on Ramos getting a contract extension any time soon.
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