Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane will control club's transfers

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has announced that World Cup-winning midfielder Zinedine Zidane will be the new sporting director at the Bernabeu - although the Spanish giants remain undecided on their next manager.

According to reports, Zidane is set to return to Los Blancos in the summer - where he won six major trophies between 2001 and 2003 - to take charge of the Real Madrid's player recruitment, as the club prepares for life after Jose Mourinho.

The Frenchman previously held an honourary executive role at the club but will adopt a more hands-on position for the next generation of Madrid players.

Perez told Cadena Ser: "We want Zidane to lead the sporting project for the next four years."

"He will decide which players will be sold and who we will try to sign," added the Madrid chief, who went on to emphasise that a final decision has not yet been made on Mourinho's replacement, while insisting that have been no dressing room rifts this season.

"Ancelotti? We don't know yet who will be the new coach. We will talk about that during the next week," Perez told a Spanish radio station. "Jurgen Klopp is a good coach and I like him, but the Dortmund players are more like kids than the players at Madrid."

"The players only had good words about Mourinho. They told me that he was the best."

Perez also spoke of the goalkeeping situation at Real Madrid, following the Portuguese coach's decision to give emergency signing Diego Lopez a main starting birth.

"To me, Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world, but the club can't interfere in the coach's decisions," he concluded.


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