Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is angry at Florentino Perez for failing to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba - and could leave for Juventus at the end of the campaign.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane may quit the club for Juventus because of his strained relationship with Florentino Perez, reports say. The Frenchman is still unhappy at Los Blancos’ failure to sign Manchester United star Paul Pogba and he could choose to return to Juventus at the end of the season.
Real Madrid entered the season under Zidane with few giving them a shot at silverware.
They’d signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea but the Belgium international is no Cristiano Ronaldo and, with Pogba staying at United, they were expected to struggle.
Zidane has worked his magic, though, with Real Madrid now three points clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.
Yet French outlet Soccerlink claim the Frenchman is unhappy with Real president Perez.
Despite Los Blancos defying expectations, Zidane still feels let down by the club’s failure to sign Pogba.
Back in the summer, the United star wanted to leave Old Trafford for the Bernabeu after growing tired of life in England.
But Real’s offers were rejected by United, with the Red Devils failing to accept swap bids involving James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz.
The report says Zidane’s difficult relationship with Perez may even see him leave the club for Juventus.
The 47-year-old spent five years at the club between 1996 and 2001, winning two Serie A titles in the process.
Zidane has reportedly confessed to his inner circle that he’d contemplate a stunning return to the Old Lady.
But with Juventus on course to win the Scudetto under Maurizio Sarri, he may have to bide his time and wait.
Meanwhile, Real overtook Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table with a narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid at the Estadio Jose Zorilla on Sunday.
Nacho scored the only goal of the game, heading home a pinpoint cross from Toni Kroos.
And Zidane, speaking afterwards, called for his side to be more ruthless in front of goal.
"Defensively, what we are doing, we are doing well. It is our strength," he said.
"We defend all and when we lose the ball we recover it very high, and if we keep it we have a good chance of scoring."
" Nacho scored and that is part of football. We know that we can improve in this aspect."
" Nacho is a professional. When he has to compete he does well. I'm glad for his goal; he doesn't usually score them but from time-to-time we can also create chances for defenders."