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The Frenchman is under pressure after a win in his last five matches, but the former club striker believes he deserves to stay in his post.
Zinedine Zidane’s sheer number of achievements has more than earned him the opportunity to turn things around at Real Madrid, says Iker Casillas, who praised the manager as a “magnificent coach.”
The Frenchman, who is in his second spell at Los Blancos, has seen his future questioned after just one win in his last five games in all competitions.
Madrid have won just half of their 10 La Liga matches to date this period, while their hopes for a Champions League knockout football, traditionally a foregone conclusion at the Santiago Bernabéu, hang by a thread.
A stunning 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk has left Madrid third in Group B with one game to go, meaning they must beat Borussia Monchengladbach to advance to the round of 16.
Zidane guided Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles in his first spell in office and won a second league title last season.
Amid mounting rumors that President Florentino Pérez is about to fire the 48-year-old, Casillas believes his former teammate has done enough to deserve more confidence.
“Zizou is a magnificent coach, a good friend and he will do everything possible for Madrid to be as high as possible,” he said. AS .
“You cannot live in the past, but you have earned the right to trust.”
Sergio Ramos is another one facing an uncertain stage in the Spanish capital, with the defender’s longtime contract expiring at the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain is reported to have offered Ramos a contract for a lot of money, but Casillas is hopeful that the Madrid captain will stay.
“Sergio is an emblem of Real Madrid and it is better if he is in Madrid,” he said.
The great goalkeeper Casillas announced his retirement in August, without having played a game since he suffered a heart attack in training with Porto on May 1 last year.
He had previously discussed the possibility of returning to Madrid, the club where he played 725 games after emerging in its lower ranks, in an advisory role.
Speaking when collecting an award for his sporting achievements, Casillas reiterated that he considers Madrid to be his “home.”
“This is an award for my entire career, for many years,” he said. Along this path I have to thank many people that I had with me, without forgetting my coaches, all my teammates, the sacrifice of my parents and the clubs that I have had.
“Real Madrid, which is my home and the club that gave me another opportunity to discover another way of life, and also Porto and the national team.”