Zidane eyes Real, France hot seats

Written by on March 31, 2015

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

World Cup legend Zinedine Zidane says he wants to manage Real Madrid or France.

The former Juventus and Real star, who has been learning the ropes as coach of Real’s reserve side Castilla, set out his ambitions on French channelCanal Plus.

“Yes I would go for that,” he said, while adding “there is already a coach (Carlo Ancelotti) in place who is doing a great job.”

“Do I feel ready if I was offered the first team? You are never ready, but if it happened like that I would have to say yes.”

The 42-year-old added France, with whom he won the World Cup in 1998, to his wish list in the programme late Sunday.

“I was a player in this team and it would be good, one day (to be coach), but for the moment there is a coach (Didier Deschamps) who is doing a great job. But yes I have this target, this ambition,” Zidane said.

The former world player of the year retired from club and international football in 2006. Zidane said he has time to wait until taking on a bigger post. “I am doing fine at Madrid.”

Meanwhile, Zidane says it is only “logical” that Real Madrid are interested in signing Paul Pogba in the summer.

Real are one of only a few in Europe able to match Juventus’ reported €100m asking price for the French midfielder, and have apparently already registered their interest.

Juve have said they will not be able to stand in the 22-year-old’s way if he seeks an exit and Zidane, who currently coaches Real Madrid Castilla, told Canal Plus that the Spanish giants would certainly be keen to sign the France international.

“I don’t know where he will go — you will have to ask him,” Zidane said. “Right now he’s with Juve. Considering his age and his potential, I think he still has plenty of margin for improvement.

“And when we are talking about a player like him, it’s only logical that Real or another big club are interested. It’s logical, isn’t it? He’s young, strong and can get even better.”

Pogba’s agent recently suggested the midfielder, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, had no particular desire to move to the Bernabeu.


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