Real Madrid’s assistant manager Zinedine Zidane will take over as boss at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2016, according to reports in France.
France Football magazine says the 1998 World Cup winner and Los Blancos legend will take over the dressing room when Carlo Ancelotti’s deal runs out in two years’ time. If the reports turn out to be true, it will be Zidane’s first management position.
Since hanging up his boots after enjoying an illustrious career, the 41-year-old has maintained his association with the nine-time European Cup winners. He joined the backroom staff in 2010 as a special advisor, overseeing training and representing the club at official functions.
Following that, he became a sporting director with Los Blancos and had a say in which new players who were brought to the club. He was instrumental in the signings of Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane for the club.
After Jose Mourinho ended his turbulent reign at the club and Ancelotti arrived, Zidane was given the role of assistant manager alongside Englishman Paul Clement.
In his playing days, Zidane won a host of honours, including La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey with Los Blancos. He scored twice in the 1998 World Cup final as hosts France defeated Brazil in Paris.