Zidane returns to Real Madrid's training pitch

Zidane returns to Real Madrid's training pitch

Zidane's return suggests that Madrid president Florentino Perez has given the Frenchman assurances that signings will be made this summer - assurances that he couldn't give back in May when Zidane stepped down from the job.

Gareth Bale has failed to take the mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of leading Los Blancos' attack, and despite rumours linking him with a summer move away from the Spanish capital, Zidane has refused to criticise the Welshman.

On Marcelo, who was dropped for Sergio Reguilon by Solari, Zidane said: "He's doing well, I haven't seen him for a long time but the last three days, I think he's been good".

Zidane has replaced Santiago Solari just 10 months after he quit his post. He returned to Real Madrid, with which he has now started to coach once again, a team with frailties in practically all areas of the pitch.

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According to AS, before the players got to work, Zidane called every single member of the squad into his office for private, individual chats to explain his plans for them. The team has fallen into crisis since he left in May after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League.

Solari knew he was on borrowed time and with Madrid now sitting 12 points off the Catalan giants in La Liga, the Real hierarchy felt there was no need in wasting any time in making a change.

"I do not want to forget what we won but I also do not forget all the things we did badly past year".

"Look, we'll change things", he said. "But it's not the time to talk about that". "I'm here, because I love this club".

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