With 12 Real Madrid players currently away on international duty, Enzo Zidane joined the rest of the first-team squad at the club’s Valdebebas training ground on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old - who is the eldest son of Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane - took his opportunity to impress the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema by pulling off an exquisite first touch.
Enzo was taking part in a passing drill when he produced a Neymar-esque touch. His timing could not have been more perfect: his dad was walking past as he cushioned the ball with his right foot wrapped around his left leg. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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The talented midfielder, like his dad, is a leader. He currently captains the Real Madrid Castilla team but is yet to make his first-team debut.
Competition for first-team places at the Bernabeu is fierce; however, one suspects that Enzo’s best chance of making a senior appearance for Los Blancos is if his dad remains the club’s head coach.
Video: Enzo Zidane's first touch in training
Mixed start for Zidane as Real Madrid boss
Following a mixed start to his managerial career, there’s speculation that the inexperienced Zidane could be replaced this summer.
However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a big fan of the Frenchman, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Following last month’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu, results have improved for Zidane, who has now recorded five consecutive victories in all competitions.
Last weekend’s emphatic 4-0 win over Sevilla was arguably the best result of his tenure so far.
Up next for Zidane: El Clasico
However, those five victories will count for little unless Real Madrid produce a good performance against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the second Clasico of the season after the international break.
Barca inflicted a humiliating 4-0 defeat on Real Madrid, then managed by Rafael Benitez, back in November - and there’s a real danger that the scoreline could be even more embarrassing for Los Blancos at their fierce rival’s home ground.
Speaking after the win over Sevilla, however, Zidane was in bullish mood about the Clasico.
"Clasicos are always special,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “We have to keep improving and it was important to head into it with a victory. We're ready, it'll be a great game."
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