REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he will retire from management early, with the strains of the job “wearing him out”.
The Bernabeu legend, 48, has already stepped away from the Madrid hot seat once before.
And speaking ahead of last night’s 1-0 win over Espanyol, the Frenchman has revealed that it certainly won’t be “20 years” before he departs once again.
He said: “I won’t coach for 20 years. I’ll retire before that.
“I’m an unusual coach, anything could happen. I’m not planning anything. It’s the day-to-day that excites me. For how long, I don’t know.
“In my head, I’ve always been a player. I played for 18 or 19 years, and after that when people asked me if I’d be a coach, I said no.
“Then I decided to become one. This really wears you out. It won’t be 20 years, that’s for sure.”
Zidane initially took the reigns in 2016, stepping up from his role as B Team boss to replace the sacked Rafa Benitez in Madrid.
Extraordinary success immediately followed as the team scooped three consecutive Champions Leagues – as well as a LaLiga title.
But amid concerns over an ageing squad and the impending departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane shocked the world by stepping down shortly after the third European victory in 2018.
Almost more shockingly, however, he was tempted back in March last year by president Florentino Perez, following the disastrous and brief tenures of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
Having finished a staggering 19 points behind Barcelona last season, Zidane has managed to guide Madrid back into the driving seat in Spain this time around.
His side leads that of Quique Setien by two points at the LaLiga summit, having won five out of five since the league’s return to action earlier this month.
SOURCE: THE SUN