Zinedine Zidane has expressed the desire he had to become manager of Real Madrid following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
The Spanish giants replaced Ancelotti with ex-Liverpool and Napoli manager Rafael Benitez.
Zidane who is regarded as one of the all time best players and a Madrid favourite was an assistant to Ancelotti last season and also was the manager of the Real Madrid B side, Castilla.
In an interview with France Football, Zidane spoke of the desire he had in becoming manager of Los Blancos.
He stated, "Yes, I would have accepted being Ancelotti's successor. I'm a professional and I'm never going to turn down a challenge."
Zidane could be a good option in the future
Madrid President Florentino Perez arguably made the right decision in choosing Benitez; however one must think that Zidane would be the right man for the top job in Madrid in the near future.
Benitez is somewhat of a journeyman when it comes to management of clubs. He has had a very successful career in England with Liverpool and he also became the manager of Chelsea during the 2012/13 season.
This appointment was highly dubious for the Chelsea faithful considering the manager previous, Roberto Di Matteo had won the Champions League. Benitez however took the job but was not wholly favoured by the Chelsea fans.
Zidane conceded with France Football that although he was disappointed not to be offered the top job for Madrid, he understood the reasons.
Zidane has never managed a senior team, and struggled as manager of the Real Madrid's B team.
Zidane continued: "Things happen naturally, you don't have to go looking for them. He (Perez) took the decision to choose another coach and that's that."
Zidane still learning his trade as a coach
Although Zidane is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to play the game his reputation as a manager has not been without criticism.
Last season, as manager of the Castilla, he famously dropped wonderkid Martin Odegaard from the side. With the Castilla side missing out on promotion last season arguably Zidane's job was seen as a failure.
With Odegaard's sterling reputation now on tender hooks it seems the Norwegian 16-year-old will be loaned out to gain more experience. Rumours also sprea that several of his team mates in the B team resented that Odegaard was training with the Real Madrid first team.
Zidane has a lot to learn before he becomes the top man at Real Madrid. After a poor season with the Castilla side he will face questioning from Perez about whether he is the right man for the job.
Next season will be extremely important for Zidane and promotion to the Spanish third tier will be the main objective.
As for now, Rafael Benitez is the main man at Madrid; however, as his career suggests he will not have a long spell at the club.
Zidane must prove himself if he is to stand any chance of becoming the top man at Real Madrid in the future.