Zidane explains why he choose Real Madrid above other clubs

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 12/03/2019

Real Madrid new coach Zinedine Zidane has explained why he chose Los Blancos above other clubs that came calling when he was on break.

Zidane was brought back by the Real Madrid board to replace Santiago Solari after the Argentine manager blew up the season in all competition and have the Champions League spot to play for.

"I didn't go very far, because I still live here, but I'm happy to work for this club and this squad, above all," he added.

However, there were also inevitable questions about what had changed in the past months.

"I left the club because I needed it, not the time for the club, but the squad needed it after winning it all," he said.

"This club is what it has and it had to change.

"I've come back because the president called me and as I love the president and the club, I'm here.

"After eight months, I want to coach again, I took this decision for the good of everyone, we had to make a change."

He admitted that it was a big responsibility to take up the role, though hinting that he did take some convincing.

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"It's a big responsibility, when I look at the players I see people who love this club and I'm another one," he confessed.

"I like football, I played with this badge and this shirt, but I'm just another one.

"Now what I want to do, I don't forget what we won but also what we did badly, or last year, we lost the league and the cup but won the Champions League.

"Life is like that, good things and bad."

Facing the future, it looks like Zidane could plan to make changes.

"It's a great challenge, not because it's the second time, but that too," he admitted.

"I don't think about the past, if I did I wouldn't have returned.

"It goes beyond returning to the club, I want to take the reigns on this second project, I want to coach again.

"I'm not thinking about signings, I'm thinking it's an important day and I'm happy to return.

"I'm only thinking about the 11 games left.

"There will be time to look at the rest with the relevant people, what's clear is that we will plan for next season.”

Zidane will commence his second era with a game against Celta Vigo in the La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.