Florentino Perez: ‘Zidane will lead the next Real Madrid project’

Florentino Perez: ‘Zidane will lead the next Real Madrid project’

Florentino Perez, Real Madrid president

Florentino Perez announced in an interview on Spanish radio station SER that Zinedine Zidane will lead his next project for Real Madrid.

“If next Tuesday there are no other candidates, I will take charge and we will first talk to the coach, because although people might not believe it, we haven’t spoken to him yet.”

“We also want Zidane to lead this sports project, because we would like him to be the manager one day. When the new boss arrives, he and Zidane will assess how we can improve the team,” Perez said.

When asked if the desired coach is Carlo Ancelotti, Perez replied that he is not speaking about that matter until next week.

Real’s president also spoke about Neymar’s signing for Barcelona. “We could have signed him three years ago, but Santos renewed his contract.”

“He is a magnificent player and we would have signed him if the economic conditions had not affected the club. We would have had to pay 150 million euros, I don’t know how much Barcelona has paid,” he claimed.

Asked about possible signings, Perez did not want to give many details about the latest transfer rumours: “Falcao is a magnificent player, but I’ve heard he’s signing for Monaco, and Lewandowski came to watch the Copa del Rey final, we spoke to him, but I don’t know if the new project leaders will be interested on him.

“Isco is also a great player, but we have many in that position, I don’t know if we need him”, he stated. “I would also like players from the second team to promote. Zidane does not think that Jese Rodriguez has to leave on loan this summer,” he added.

‘I think Carvajal will come back’

Florentino Perez also told SER that he thinks Daniel Carvajal will come back from Bayer Leverkusen this summer: “He is one of us. He put the first stone in our new Sports City.”

Speaking about the possible exits, Florentino declared that the future of Kaka and Xabi Alonso will be decided by Zidane and the next coach: “Kaka is a great person and Alonso still has one year in his contract, finding a substitute for him will be very difficult.

“I also don’t know if Coentrao will leave. He’s had a good season, and whoever wants him will have to pay his clause,” Perez claimed. And asked about Higuain’s future he claimed “nobody has spoken to Juventus”.