Real Madrid assistant manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed he will stay at the club next season, ending speculation he will leave to take his first job as a manager.
The Los Blancos and France legend has been working under Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian’s arrival at the club last summer and helped mastermind the success in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
But he has made no secret of his desire to make the step up to become a manager himself – perhaps in preparation for the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu one day. The 41-year-old has been linked with a number of jobs in France, with former club Bordeaux thought to be interested in his services. He was also linked with the Monaco job at one stage after Claudio Ranieri left the post.
But speaking after taking part in the Corazon Classic match against Inter Milan at the Bernabeu on Sunday, the World Cup winner confirmed he would be staying with Los Blancos, and admitted he still has a lot to learn from Ancelotti.
“Right now I’m here and I am going to continue at Real Madrid. We’ll see what happens,” he said.
He went on to add: “I’m enjoying my first experiences of coaching – it’s not quite the same as playing but I’m enjoying it.”