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Zinedine Zidane is a “magnificent coach” who has earned the right to stay and change things at Real Madrid, according to club icon Iker Casillas.
The Frenchman’s future at the Santiago Bernabéu has been called into question after a victory in five games in all competitions.
Madrid have won half of their 10 LaLiga games and are in fourth place, while their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages of the Champions League hang by a thread.
A terrible 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk left Zidane’s men third in Group B and they needed to beat Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday six next week to ensure progression.
Zidane guided Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles in his first spell at the helm and won a second LaLiga 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 told AS.
– Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) October 31, 2020
“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 that 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.”