Former Real Madrid player Michel has said he believes legendary playmaker Zinedine Zidane is being prepared for the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu for when Carlo Ancelotti eventually leaves.
The Frenchman was assistant to the Italian last season – one of the most memorable in the club’s history as they won the Copa del Rey and Champions League. But he switched roles in the summer, taking over the Real Madrid Castilla job as he makes his first steps into being a manager himself.
Speaking to Elite Sport, Michel, who made over 400 appearances for the club during his playing days, said he believes Zidane is being groomed to succeed Ancelotti. He admitted he would love to be Real boss one day, but doesn’t see that day coming soon.
The 51-year-old stated: “I won’t be the next candidate. It’s not that I don’t feel qualified, nor that I’d not want it, but it doesn’t depend on me or results. Plus, I think the club is preparing for Zidane to be the next coach.”
Whatever the case be in the future, Michel said Ancelotti is the right man at the helm now because of his calm nature.
“Ancelotti is an ideal coach for Madrid. He doesn’t want to be the protagonist. He moves very well in these waters.”