ZIDANE REJECTS REAL MADRID JOB OFFER – CALDERON

ZIDANE REJECTS REAL MADRID JOB OFFER – CALDERON

By Babajide Labinjo

Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon told the BBC on Wednesday that Zinedine Zidane has turned down the chance to return as manager of Real Madrid.

Zidane, 46, walked out of his job as Real Madrid manager last summer after leading the club to a third consecutive UEFA Champions league victory.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday, Calderon said: “I know that this morning the president [Florentino Perez] called Zidane to ask him back, he said not now.

“He has left open the possibility of coming back in June.”

Real are expected to make sweeping changes at the end of the season after suffering humiliating 1-4 defeat to Ajax in the knock out stage of the UEFA Champions league on Tuesday.

Real are also out of the Copa del Rey, and they are currently third in the La Liga table with 12 points behind league leaders Barcelona.

‘Mourinho is not an Option’

Calderon also opposed the talk of a Jose Mourinho return to the Bernabeu.

“The first option for the president has always, always been Mourinho,” Calderon said.

“But the problem is who is going to run the club in the office? They are talking of the possibility of Zidane or Mourinho – they are completely different coaches with completely different ideas of football.

“It is an erratic and whimsical president who has brought us to this situation.

“There is the option of bringing in Mourinho now, but to me there is no point.

“At this moment of the season anything you do is going to be wrong, I suppose that they will wait until the end of the season but this is very long time, three months, to suffer all the critics and the anger of the fans.”

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