Zinedine Zidane keen to prove himself as a coach

Zinedine Zidane keen to prove himself as a coach


Real Madrid’s assistant manager Zinedine Zidane has said he wants to step up as he feels he has something to bring as a coach.

The 41-year-old, who has legendary status at the Santiago Bernabeu and in France, has been linked with a number of top jobs in Ligue 1 including those at Bordeaux and Monaco, where Claudio Ranieri is expected to be relieved of his duties.

Zidane has been working as an assistant under Carlo Ancelotti alongside Englishman Paul Clement this season. Prior to the Italian’s arrival, he worked in a number of roles for Los Blancos including as an ambassador and sporting director.

But he has made no secret of wishing to one day be a manager, and in an interview with RMC, said he feels he can give something back to the game.

“I wanted to enjoy my family, my children, because for 16 or 18 years, I was just focused on football,” Zidane said.

And he continued: “So, when I stopped, I gave myself to my family. Now, I want to do something, come back into football and show once again that I can bring something as a coach. As a player, you play a game and you go home. Coach, it’s different. He’s responsible for 23 or 25 players and it’s a different job, which I like.”