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Zidane ‘should have respected’ Perez, says ex-Real Madrid boss

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The highly successful Los Blancos manager stepped down from his role due to trust issues with the club president.

Zinedine Zidane “should have respected” Florentino Perez, insists Benito Floro as he hits out at the Frenchman over his bombshell of an open letter to Real Madrid fans.

Zidane enjoyed unparalleled success during his two stints at Real Madrid as he led the team to a historic Champions League ‘threepeat’ and two La Liga titles, among other honors.

However, his final season was one to forget, with the club going trophyless for the first time in over a decade, getting kicked out of the Copa del Rey at Round of 32 stage by a Segunda Division B side, and narrowly avoiding dropping to the Europa League.

The disaster of a season, though, was not why he walked out the Santiago Bernabeu exit door. In a lengthy letter addressed to the Madridistas, the former midfielder revealed he felt the club had lost faith in him and suggested his relationship with the president had soured.

“I was surprised by Zidane’s reaction because he should have respected Florentino Perez more,” Floro said on Radio MARCA.

“He’s the one who’s given him everything, both as a player and as a coach. He’ll have his reasons but we don’t know what they are.

“I don’t think it’s that difficult being the Real Madrid coach. They give you the best players, the best facilities.

“I don’t know why Zidane was complaining because the club has always supported him.”