Zinedine Zidane Set to Be Rewarded for Superb Season With 2-Year Real Madrid Contract Extension
Zinedine Zidane is set to celebrate a superb first full season in charge of Real Madrid by penning a contract extension until June 2020.
The France legend guided Los Blancos to their first La Liga title in five seasons, as well as leading the club to back-to-back Champions League triumphs – the first team to do so since AC Milan won successive European Cups 27 years ago.
Spanish news outlet AS has now reported that Real will reward Zizou with an additional two years to his existing deal at the Bernabeu after leading the Spanish giants league and European glory.
Zidane will also be in line for a hefty increase to the wage he currently pockets, as club president Florentino Perez showers him with extra rewards for the job he has performed since taking up the reins at Real in January 2016.
Both Real and Zidane had been keen to enter negotiations over extending his time with the side he played for during his career on the pitch, but the 44-year-old had been reluctant to discuss fresh contractual terms before the season was officially over.
The ex-Juventus star will be handed a greater say in the club’s transfer policy too. Zidane has already informed Real that he intends for Keylor Navas to remain as his number one choice in goal – a decision which has led to Real cooling their supposed interest in Manchester United’s David De Gea – and will only strengthen his first-team squad if any current player of note departs this summer.
Alvaro Morata – apparently on the cusp of a move to Manchester United – as well as James Rodriguez and Isco have all been linked with moves away from the Spanish capital, but AS claim that Zidane will only make his own moves in the transfer market as and when anyone opts to leave for pastures new.
Zidane has overseen 87 matches in charge of Los Blancos during his first 18 months as head coach, and his remarkably record currently stands at 65 wins, 15 draws and just seven defeats in all competitions.
The former Bordeaux player, whose current contract has just 12 months left to run on it, has already scooped two Champions League titles, the 2016/17 La Liga trophy, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his reign.