Sporting Director Predrag Mijatovic Ready To Leave Real Madrid – Reports

Thousands of Madrid fans worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief as the much-maligned sporting director could finally leave the club after a difficult three year tenure...
It is hard to believe that Predrag Mijatovic was once extremely popular among Real Madrid fans. That was way back in 1998 when he was part of the famous Los Blanco's squad that clenched the club’s seventh European title.

A decade after reaching the pinnacle of his career, Mijatovic's story with Madrid has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Since assuming the role of sporting director back in 2006 the Serbian has come under heavy fire for his poor signings. In addition, his inability to bring the world's top players to Real Madrid has not gone down well with the club’s fans.

According to Sport, Mijatovic has finally decided to quit the club and is negotiating a pay-off with the board.

Relations between 40-year-old and the board are at an all time low. This new trough was hit when the club's hierarchy decided to loan Julien Faubert from West Ham United in January without consulting their sporting director first.

Zinedine Zidane, who has been linked with the position more than once before by the Spanish press, is one of the names touted to take over the role from Mijatovic, and the Frenchman would certainly be a favourite amongst the supporters.

If Mijatovic is to leave then it will be by mutual consent. This could be a vital step in controlling the mass-media coverage following the event, especially as Real Madrid are one of the most controversial and critically observed clubs in the world.

Feras Saad, Goal.com