Sunday 22 October 2017

'Zidane can stay for life' - Florentino Perez gives 'best coach in the world' indefinite stay at Bernabéu

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane poses with the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane poses with the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has said that Champions League winning manager Zinedine Zidane can stay at Madrid 'for life' after Zidane became the first Real manager in 59 years to win a league and European Cup double.

Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in Saturday night's Champions League final secured the club an unprecedented 12th Champions League title to go along with their record 33rd La Liga crown.

Zidane's Madrid became just the first side since Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan to successfully defend the European Cup and after the game Perez said that his manager could stay at the club for the rest of his life if that was what he wanted.

"Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his life," Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

"Every Real Madrid fan is so grateful to him, he lifted our level of talent when he arrived in 2001 and was the best player in the world.

"Now he is the best coach in the world. He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible."

Zidane, who has been at Real Madrid since 2001 after signing from Juventus for a then world record fee of €75 million, said that he's been at the club for so long that he feels part of the furniture, but that he can't say whether or not he will remain with the club for the rest of his managerial career.

"I can't say whether I'll stay for the rest of my life but I'm so grateful for the club for everything it has given me," Zidane told a news conference.

"I played here for a long time and I feel part of the furniture. I'm also lucky to be part of this club and with this squad. Every player in the squad has played their part, and that's been the key factor this season."

Zidane was Perez's 14th appointment in 17 years since assuming the Real Madrid presidency in 2000.

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