Bernabeu hero agrees to new role.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane will become the new sporting director of the club’s first-team.
The 39-year-old former midfielder, who played for Real between 2001 and 2006, has been advising president Florentino Perez since 2009.
The Frenchman has helped forge a bond between the squad and the Bernabeu board and intervened to help seal Raphael Varane’s move to Real from Lens.
The club have been without a sporting director since Perez sacked Jorge Valdano at the end of last season, reportedly at the insistence of manager Jose Mourinho.
Zidane helped Real win the 2002 Champions League with a memorable goal in the final against Bayer Leverkusen.
He retired from football after his fifth season with Real in 2006 and the World Cup that year. He had won Fifa World Player of the Year three times.
Real have not officially announced Zidane’s new role. and even he is still unsure what his functions would be, but Spanish media said he will work more closely Mourinho.
“I will be the first team’s sporting director,” Zidane told reporters on the sidelines of a charity match in Madrid.
“We will see (what my role will be). Everyone asks me the same thing.
“Mourinho influenced this decision, but also Florentino,” Zidane added.
“Real Madrid is the most important thing that happened to me, both as a footballer and as a person. I will continue to work with the club because it is the best.”