In the final of the Champions League, fighting for LaLiga and soon Real Madrid will have another reason to be happy… Zinedine Zidane will renew with the club until 2020.
That is the aspiration of Florentino Perez and it will become a reality the moment that the Frenchman wants it.
The contract extension, already agreed, is on the table of the Frenchman’s office at Valdebebas and once he thinks it will be convenient, he will sign the document to link him to Real until June 30, 2020.
Complicity and agreement between coach and president is of such calibre that the negotiations are not to be considered as such, but rather working meetings between the pair.
Zidane has always responded with evasiveness to the questions that have been asked about his continuity on the bench because he considers that it is above an agreement, that contracts must be subject to the successes or failures of the team.
And it’s true that Zizou believes it to be a failure not to raise any titles each and every year.
He knows he enjoys the confidence of all around him, but for that reason does not want to relax or think of anything other than pure competition until the last possible moment; June 3 in Cardiff.
Thereafter will be the time when he takes a seat at his table and will initiate the contract.
Zidane’s story is similar to Jose Mourinho.
In the case of Portuguese it was after the conquest of the league in his second year (2012), that the president chose to seal an extension of a contract.
Both president and coach closed the deal weeks before, but it was announced only when the league was over.
Zidane is happy, he knows how to take the pressure, he knows the wear and tear that he suffers and, in his mind, this will not be a long-term appointment.
Now he feels good, comfortable and has the full confidence of players and the board, key factors for the Frenchman to positively consider his position.
Of course, the financial details of the contract will be adjusted for a coach who, for the moment, has managed to win a Champions League, European Supercup and World Club, and reach another European final.
And have a League within reach.
And all this within 17 months of his debut on the bench.