Zinedine Zidane is looking to contribute as much as he can in the development of football by helping his wife’s local club.
Currently the director of football at Real Madrid, Zidane has taken up new responsibilities as he recently joined the board of directors of a financially troubled club in France.
Zidane was spending time at his in-laws when the club owners of Rodez Football club decided to seek his help as an investor. Rodez club is currently playing in the French fourth division and due to their financial problems the future does not hold much promise.
The club which once played in the second division fell to the fourth division due to budget cuts. They then fell in to further financial issues as lucrative contracts exhausted the club.
The club owners approached Zidane seeking financial help to which he agreed. Zidane believes that with his investment and guidance and with hard work the club can turn things around and get back to winning ways.
He said that he would be getting regular updates about the club's performance. Speaking to BBC World News he said:
"Some people came to see me about their ambitions for Rodez football club and it seemed interesting. Things needed to be done and I wanted to help out," said Zidane.
"I come from the streets, a difficult neighbourhood. I have never forgotten my roots. It's not because you work for the biggest club in the world that you forget everything beforehand. It's thanks to my in-laws that I have discovered this club and family. I love this region and spending time here and I feel at home".
The club owners believe that with Zidane joining the board others would also be attracted toward investing and he thinks this would be helpful in getting more sponsors. Zidane said that he wants to give back whatever the game of football has given him.
The French maestro is also aspiring to get a coaching qualification and hinted that he might start his coaching career soon.
"It's not planned but why not? Yes or no maybe, we will see," he said.
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