Karim Benzema makes heart-warming Zinedine Zidane prediction

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images) /

Over the last week, there have been rampant rumors swirling around the future of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, which you can view in a timeline summary here.

Although there are some Madridistas who believe Zidane leaving the club is best in order for the club to continue a rebuild, the vast majority of fans do not want to see Zidane leave. They understand that the team would not have been competitive in the Champions League and LaLiga without him, looking at the serious issues in this squad, particularly in the attack.

One man who did show up for the attack, though, is Karim Benzema. The legendary striker found the back of the net 30 times in all competitions this season, and his close bond with Zidane is obvious. After all, he was the one who stepped up to help save Zizou’s job, striking twice in a must-win 2-0 victory vs. Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League group stage.

And in tomorrow’s edition of L’Equipe, Benzema made an optimistic and rather heart-warming prediction regarding his manager’s future.

Most Real Madrid players and fans appreciate Zinedine Zidane

So many Madridistas are fearful of losing Zinedine Zidane for a second time, because he may be tired of all the issues this season. He may want a break, or he may even question if he is the right man for the rebuild.

But the players who are truly part of the team’s future and have fought this season appreciate Zidane. They do not want him to go.

You can tell by this quote how much Benzema wants Zidane to stay and how much he believes that he will remain the manager. If his close connection with Zizou is anything to go by, Benzema’s wishes and prediction may be a more reliable indicator than any report or rumor or sliver of Internet speculation.

Real Madrid are a better team with Zidane as the manager. I hope that is abundantly clear to Madridistas. It seems some do not understand the magnitude of the issues in the current squad, and it is even more troubling that a few still do not appreciate what the man has accomplished at this club as a manager. This is the toughest club to manage, yet Zidane handles his duties with grace and class.

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Hopefully, Benzema’s prediction is right. But until we find out the answer, let us appreciate how the No. 9 goes to bat for his coach. These heart-warming words and faith in Zizou are important, and they show you just how much of a leader Benz is. He is the soul of Real Madrid.