Zinedine Zidane admits Real Madrid ‘a massive challenge’

Zinedine Zidane ‘could not say no’ to re-joining Real Madrid but admits he faces a ‘massive challenge’ in reforming the club’s fortunes.

The Frenchman replaced Santiago Solari in the role and returned to Los Blancos ten months after resigning his position, with Julen Lopetegui also occupying the position for four months.

“This is a massively exciting time for me, to be back with this club, this president, these fans,” Zidane told reporters at his introductory press conference.

“We all know this will be a massive challenge but I am very excited for this, I could not say no to that question and I want to work hard to bring this club back to where it should be.

“I am excited to start work and to bring us onto the path that we should be on and I know we are capable of being on.

“We know what we have achieved in recent years and we can not forget those moments, but also we must be aware we have lost in the league and the Copa.

“When you are at the top you need to be aware when you are struggling and when you need to change, and that is what I felt last summer.

“I thought I had to take that decision with as much conviction as I now feel about returning, I had offers from elsewhere but I had no interest in those roles.

“We must focus on finishing the season strongly and that work starts now but now the important thing is that I am back and for us all to row in the same direction.”

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