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Zidane: Why I Returned To Struggling Real

Eight months after he resigned from his job as Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has somewhat surprisingly returned to Los Blancos, and has explained his reasons for accepting the club's offer.

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The 46-year-old was announced as the new Los Blancos boss on Monday, replacing Santiago Solari, who was sacked after Real were knocked out of the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League last week.

Zidane returns for a second spell in the dugout after resigning in May following a trophy-laden two and a half years that saw him lift nine trophies, including three successive UCL titles.

"I am looking forward to this second project, with the president, the club and the fans," the Frenchman said at a news conference, as quoted by ESPN.

"It is a great challenge, I know that, but I am really looking forward to it, to returning to coach. I want to work again and put this club back where it should be. The only thing for me is to start work tomorrow."

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Despite many positive memories of his first spell at Santiago Bernabeu, Zidane insisted that he also remembers his side's poor domestic form in 2017/18, but stated that he is ready to try to lead the club back to glory.

"I do not want to forget what we won (the Champions League), but also not forget the bad things we did all together last year," he added.

"We lost La Liga early, we lost the Copa del Rey, we won the Champions League, okay, but I know where I am.

"When you are at the top, sometimes, you must know that some things are wrong.

"Many players had won for five, six, seven years. The team needed a change, so I felt it necessary to leave.

"It was a decision I had to take. And now this is another decision I had to take. I had various offers, but did not want to go to any other club.

"When the president called me to return, I could not say no."

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Zidane is Real's third coach of the campaign after Julen Lopetegui and Solari.

Do you think Zidane made the right decision in returning to Real? Have your say in the comments section below.


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