Real Madrid star Isco has hailed the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager and says it will be “fantastic for everyone” in the squad to play under the Frenchman again.
However, after he left the club last summer, Madrid’s fortunes have suffered, as Julen Lopetegui was sacked after a poor start to the season and former player Santiago Solari – a Madrid team-mate of Zidane’s – unable to right the ship after his fellow Spaniard’s departure.
A horrendous week in which Madrid lost 3-0 to great rivals Barcelona to get knocked out of the Copa del Rey, then 1-0 to the same opponents in the league to leave them 12 points behind leaders Barca in the table, and then 4-1 to Ajax to crash out of the Champions League – all three defeats coming at home – saw Solari’s position become untenable. And Zidane has been parachuted in to help restore Los Blancos to former glory.
Playmaker Isco, who had become a peripheral figure under Solari as the Argentine rarely picked him in his first-choice XI and at times left him out of the matchday squad altogether, says Zidane’s return is good news for the club.
“We all know him,” Isco said at an adidas event. “As a player he was amazing, as a coach he has won everything.
“It is fantastic for everyone to have him back at Real Madrid. And all the credit for him being back now, when time is tough.
“He loves Real Madrid and hopefully he will lead us again to victory.”
This week’s return of head coach Zinedine Zidane has decreased the chances of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar ending up at Real Madrid, according to reports.
Neymar, 27, has been continuously linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu since August 2017’s world-record €222 million move from Barcelona to the Ligue 1 giants was finalised. This talk has ratcheted up during a woeful 2018/19 for Los Blancos, in which a glaring need for a squad revamp has been made apparent.
AS, however, has stated that a number of factors are now working against a blockbuster comeback to La Liga being secured.
Zidane is wary of the media circus that surrounds the Brazil forward – who netted 105 times in 186 matches for Barca from 2013-17 – and is skeptical about him buying into the team ethos.
Brazilian teenager sensation Vinicius Junior, 18, also now operates on the left of attack where Neymar would play if signed, plus his PSG colleague Kylian Mbappe, 20, is seen as a superior potential addition.
Real Madrid have reportedly made first contact with Chelsea regarding a £100 million move for their star player Eden Hazard.
Goal believes Los Blancos finally made contact with the London club after months of speculation and rumours.
The Belgian’s dream to play for Madrid is no secret as he has admitted on various occasions that he sees himself donning the famous white someday.
The re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane as Madrid boss will surely act as a catalyst as Los Blancos look to strengthen their squad after a disappointing season. Hazard has always spoken highly of the Frenchman and would surely love to play under him.
It’s also known that Zidane is a huge admirer of the former Lille winger. Should reports regarding the Frenchman receiving full control over transfers be true, it will only be a matter of time before Hazard joins the capital club.