Perez: I haven't read Zidane's letter


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted he has not read Zinedine Zidane's farewell letter, in which the tactician explained his reasons for stepping down a second time.

Zidane left Real earlier this year after the club had failed to win a trophy for the first time in 11 seasons.

He explained in an open letter that he was leaving because he felt the club no longer had confidence in him and did not offer the support he needed to build something for the long term.

Perez discussed Zidane's exit in a recent interview, and insisted he has not read the farewell letter "Zizou" wrote.

"I know him [Zidane] and it has been a hard year, I fought for him to stay," the club president told Spanish radio station Onda Cero's Transistor programme.

"I have not read the farewell letter, I swear on my grandchildren. The person who wrote that letter was not Zidane.

"I wish him well, he has been a legend for Real Madrid and he has all of our recognition, he has the dream of being the French coach and I'm sure he will achieve it."

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The Los Blancos chief also claimed that he wanted departing captain Sergio Ramos to stay.

"I love Ramos like a son, I brought him here in 2005 and I've never before been to a press conference with a player," Perez added.

"I have such admiration for him, he has been a legend and we wanted him to stay, we offered him a contract, he had a deadline but didn't make it clear.

"This is his home and he will return for sure in another role."

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