Asked about Juventus icon Zinedine Zidane on the eve of Atletico Madrid's clash against the Italians, Diego Simeone dismissed the question.
Real Madrid's reappointment of club legend Zinedine Zidane as manager sent waves of hysteria across the fan base of the Spanish giants, while placing a sense of relief upon that of Tottenham's.
Zidane was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, the former Spain coach fired before the World Cup for taking the Madrid job.
The squad hasn't changed all that much and it's foreseeable that Zidane can reinvigorate Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who have looked shadows of themselves this season.
I left because I needed it personally and thought the squad did too.
"I think it's the right time". "I am not the best coach tactically, but I have other things", Zidane said, before last year's final in Kiev. A contrast which favours Zidane, as despite his domestic troubles, it puts his shortcomings into context considering what the club have suffered since. This angered the Spanish Football Federation who promptly sacked Lopetegui.More news: Pound jumps, Asian shares rise after changes to Brexit deal
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The man who had played a huge part in Zidane's success, as well as Real's as a whole since joining from Manchester United in 2009, departs for Juventus. He has achieved European history at Real Madrid. After winning his first four games in charge, with 15 goals scored in that time, Real appoint him as permanent manager on a contract that runs until 2021.
Solari's side thrashed Real Valladolid 4-1 on Sunday in his final stand as coach.
Only a little more than a month after getting his contract, Solari wins his first trophy as Real win the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE.
Results have begun to dip for Solari after an initial resurgence, and there is talk of disharmony in the dressing room, particularly around Welsh striker Gareth Bale.
Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday after two Clasico defeats by Barcelona, knocking Real out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift of the Catalan Liga leaders.
Zidane revealed that Perez was an important reason as to why he returned to the club, despite resigning less than a year ago.