Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Rafael Benitez
Perez wanted Jose Mourinho instead of Zidane to take over at the Santiago Bernabeu
Ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager in December, he has been linked to almost all the clubs. Although the Portuguese manager is now the odds-on favourite to take over at Manchester United this summer, it seems that one of his former clubs was desperate to get him back in January.
According to Madrid-based well-respected journalist Diego Torres, Madrid President Perez spent the entire month of January trying strike a deal to get Mourinho back. Torres is one of the most reliable sources on the Portuguese boss having also written a brilliant book about the ‘special one’s’ three-year spell at Real Madrid.
If this turns out to be true, it means that Zidane is not seen as a long-term solution by the Madrid hierarchy.
Zidane has nothing but admiration and respect for Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under some criticism in the recent times for his performances though Zidane confirmed he had full faith in his star man’s abilities.
"I feel a certain admiration for Cristiano,"
"I admire him for his goals and for everything he has achieved. I like his ambition. He is never satisfied with what he has done, he always wants more.”
"He is a super important player for me, for the team and for the fans.”
"I retired at the age of 34, but Cristiano will play on longer. It's not that I did not look after myself, but he takes a lot of care of his own body and is a beast physically."
Cristiano Ronaldo also called upon the Madrid fans to keep supporting the team.
“Let's hope the fans keep supporting as they have been. They are spectacular. We will give everything on the pitch to try and win the Champions League once again."
Zidane will be hoping that Ronaldo will perform at his usual high standards as Real Madrid enter a crucial stage of the season with big matches against Atletico Madrid and Roma coming up in the near future.