The season ended for Real Madrid with the team washing up on the shore, overcome by a season full of setbacks with injuries, but fighting for LaLiga Santander in a very dignified way until the end, with 18 games without defeat.
But at the end of the day the season ends without a trophy, and Real Madrid‘s trophy cabinet is the envy of world sport because of their demands and obsession to win, not because of competing to be dignified.
Here, a year without trophies is a failure. It’s accepted, but badly. And a remedy is found so it doesn’t happen again.
At Real Madrid the priority right now isn’t convincing Zinedine Zidane to stay at any price, but it should be focused on giving the team what Florentino Perez called “a new impulse” for next season.
And it’s clear that they’ve decided to do it with the coach or without him, because that renovation impacts a number of veterans who Zidane has shown a loyalty to, a feeling that hasn’t always been shared in the club’s offices.
The club believe that the time has come to rejuvenate the squad; some veterans should leave with thanks for their services, and others will be given a secondary role while youngsters take their spot.
This renewal has as much to do with the signing of top attacking target Kylian Mbappe as much as it does with finding a better way to use Fede Valverde, Eder Militao, Martin Odegaard, Vinicius Junior and others.
The idea that Zidane is the best candidate to carry out that change is one that is questioned by more than one important figure at Valdebebas.
That’s why Florentino is going to share the plan with him and ask him if he will commit to it, truly aligning with the policy of building around young talent and rewarding performances.
Zidane, who has earned the right to decide if he wants to continue, will have to decide if he’s ready to take some painful decisions with his old guard.