Less than a year ago, Zinedine Zidane waltzed off into the sunset, having already etched his name into Real Madrid’s managerial legacy. Having won three Champions League titles on the spin, Zidane had already achieved unprecedented glory in an extraordinarily short career as manager. But since Zidane’s departure, the wheels have well and truly come off at Madrid and having now shown both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari the door, Zidane has once made a remarkable return to the Bernabeu. But just how will Zizou’s return affect the market?
There has already been a response on the Football Index Market and many Madrid players have seen some form of movement as a result. Perhaps more than any other Madrid player, Gareth Bale (£7.28) is sure to be a major talking point over the coming weeks. Bale’s relationship with Zidane appeared to sour near the end of the Frenchman’s previous reign. As such, it’s no surprise to see traders stocking up on the Welshman, who rose by 18p yesterday alone. The rumours of a possible swap deal involving Bale and Christian Eriksen (£4.66) have been doing the rounds for some time now. Bale’s agent certainly didn’t diffuse the situation when he called the Madrid fans a “disgrace” at the beginning of March when they booed Bale. One potential thorn in Zidane’s side will be whether he can actually find a club who can stump up Bale’s wages (reported to be an astonishing £350,000 a week AFTER tax!).
Two of Madrid’s most senior players are Sergio Ramos (£3.80) and Toni Kroos (£5.04), both of whom enjoyed much success under Zidane. Since the news of Zidane’s appointment hit, both players have been subject to increases in value by 5p. Whether these two can continue their upward trajectory will no doubt depend on Madrid’s upcoming performances, but with two home games against Celta Vigo and Huesca, both of whom lie 18th and 20th in the league respectively, it does seem as though Zidane couldn’t have dreamed for a better start!
One Madrid man who has seen an adverse impact on his value is Isco (£5.13). Isco’s case is an intriguing one. He was playing some of the best football of his career under Zidane, but had been frozen out of the side by Santiago Solari. It is therefore interesting to note that Isco’s price fell by 13p yesterday. Having been forced out of the starting line up by Solari, many traders would have been anticipating a move for Isco this summer. A move for Isco may still be on the cards, but with Zidane’s return, Isco’s future is one which remains very much in the air!
Finally, those traders looking for a bit of a longshot could do worse than looking at Zizou’s son Luca Zidane (£0.57). Up 11p since the news broke, Zidane has struggled to force his way into the Madrid starting lineup. With the likes of Thibaut Courtois (£0.96) and Keylor Navas (£0.82) in front of him (not to mention Andriy Lunin (£0.78) who is on loan at Leganes) it does seem unlikely that he will be able to force his way into contention any time soon. Still, if there is one person who would be willing to give Luca a chance, surely it would be his father?
There never does seem to be a dull moment at the Santiago Bernabeu and with Zidane back in the hot seat, this is likely to continue. As such, over the next few weeks, traders will certainly want to keep a close eye on proceedings over in Madrid…