Football legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed he would one day like to be a manager.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid icon was made assistant upon Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at the Bernabeu, along with Englishman Paul Clement.
Having retired after his infamous sending-off in the 2006 World Cup final, Zidane has slowly worked his way towards the dugout, starting out as presidential advisor, before progressing to club ambassador and finally being involved in team affairs under former PSG coach Ancelotti.
And 41-year-old Zidane is relishing his more hands-on role under the Italian, having had little influence on the side whilst working with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho:
“With Mourinho, I wasn’t on the pitch, and wasn’t even involved in what happened on the pitch,” Zidane is quoted as saying on ESPN. “I didn’t have any meetings with him about the team, about tactics, about what he wanted to put in place. Now, on the other hand, I have a real role. I have to tell Carlo Ancelotti how I see things.”
When asked whether he would one day like to manage his own side, Zidane was positive.
“That’s the aim,” he continued. “I’m just going along my way, I’m learning. I’m in contact with people who are important in football. It’s a good experience.”
And the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner is delighted to be learning from experienced-manger Ancelotti.
He aded: “With what I’m looking at doing in the future, being assistant to Carlo Ancelotti is perfect. It’s good preparation for the rest of my career. I’m happy. It’s a job full of passion, difficult but interesting.
“There’s a boss, that’s Carlo Ancelotti. He decides, he has the final word. But what’s really great with him is that there is a real exchange on tactics, on players, on the make-up of the team. I’m learning, I see how he works and how I can give him something.”
The World Cup winner is also learning from Clement, who takes control of much of the training ground work:
“It’s very interesting to talk to him because he’s been doing that for 22 years," Zidane commented. "He explains things well to me.”
Zidane was one of the more vocal supporters of Real Madrid’s summer move for Welshman Gareth Bale.
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