Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has disclosed that manager, Zinedine Zidane, turned down a major salary increase at the club.
“Zidane refused to take a major salary increase because he felt he hadn’t done enough to deserve it. Players know he’s fair.
“We have taken a qualitative leap under Zidane. Living in this successful moment is to his merit. We’re playing smart football,” Perez told Cadena SER.
Zidane was rewarded with a new three-year deal last month, which will see him earn around €8million a year.
He became the first coach in the modern era, to successfully defend a Champions League title this year, after defeating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on June 3.
The Frenchman also won the La Liga title last season ahead of fierce rivals Barcelona.