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Zidane set for showdown talks with Real Madrid board after La Liga failure

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed he will hold showdown talks with his Real Madrid bosses after the club surrendered the La Liga title to local rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Los Blancos were second going into the final day of the season and eventually beaten to the crown as Atleti came from behind to beat Real Valladolid to be crowned champions.

Things could have been more embarrassing for Zidane’s side had Atleti not completed their comeback as they too were losing at home to Villarreal up until the 87th minute.

A late equaliser from Luka Modric and an injury-time winner from Karim Benzema snatched all three points but it was not enough to overthrow Atletico’s charge.

Zinedine Zidane will hold talks with Real Madrid chiefs over his future

Speaking after the season finale vs Villarreal Zidane would not confirm whether he would be staying on as coach, only that he would be holding discussions with Madrid president Florentino Perez.

“We have given everything on the pitch and I am responsible for that,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“But with time I will be calm and I will talk to the club, and in the next few days we will see.

“We will see what will happens shortly. Not only with me, with everything the club is going to do for the next season.”

Zidane’s role has been under scrutiny over the past few weeks amid rumours he is set to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

He still has another year left on his contract but could step away earlier than planned after a disappointing season which saw them knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea in the semi-finals.

It is the first season the club have gone without a trophy in 11 years.

He added in his press conference: “We have to congratulate Atletico, who deserve [to be champions], because whoever is at the top deserves it.”

“But the most important thing is what the [Real] players have done.

“I have to thank our fans because they have always supported the team from the outside. I think everyone can be proud of the players, because they have given everything.

“It wasn’t easy but in the end we won [against Villarreal]. It’s a day to congratulate the whole squad. And that’s it.”




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