Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted Jose Mourinho as coach but was overruled by key dressing room figures, says Roman Calderon.
Having sacked Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari for a series of embarrassing results, Real have made a decision to turn again to the former midfield great who won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row before resigning last May.
Real, however, opted for Zidane, who won three Champions League trophies and a Liga title in his two-and-a-half-year spell at the Bernabeu.More news: Gift of Givers ready to aid Mozambique amid massive cyclone
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Zidane was brought back after Real's season pretty much ended following their 4-1 humiliation by Ajax in the Champions League.
The report goes on to add that Zidane has also been keeping tabs on Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen and Chelsea FC forward Eden Hazard.
"No, of course I'm not disappointed", Mourinho said on El Chiringuito TV.
"He left [Real Madrid] a lot of problems and I think he would have been another problem to the ones we already have if he had come". The player had hoped following the unsuccessful stints of Lopetegui and Solari in the dugout might open the door for him to get another opportunity in Madrid.