Zinedine Zidane says he would have loved to have played alongside former England pair Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.
In an interview with Shortlist in which Zidane was asked to name his all-time Premier League 11, the Los Blancos boss picked out the pair for special praise.
Zidane revealed that he had asked Real to sign Gerrard but the ex-Liverpool captain was too fond of his club to move to the Spanish capital. It is common knowledge that Gerrard was also identified as a transfer target by Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese was in charge of the club.
“For a time he was the best midfield player in the world. I told Madrid I wanted to play alongside him, but he was loyal to Liverpool. That was lucky for them, because he was a pleasure to watch and the complete midfield player,” he said.
Scholes, a Manchester United legend, spent his entire career at Old Trafford. And Zidane described him as one of the best players of his era as he was able to make even the hardest of moves look easy.
The Real boss commented: “One of my favourite players from any era, he was a player who made the hardest things look so easy.”