France legend to take on ‘new sporting project’ at the Bernabeu, should Pérez be re-elected as club president.
With the election for Real Madrid’s club presidency imminent, Florentino Pérez will be looking to extend his reign over Los Blancos for another four years.
After a disappointing tenure with Jose Mourinho in the managerial hotseat, Pérez wants to distance himself from the Portuguese’s failures and look to the future. Though Pérez’ primary objective upon re-election would be to replace the outgoing Mourinho, it is the club as a whole that he is looking to develop.
With the former Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane already at the club in an advisory capacity, Pérez is looking to strengthen his bid to retain the presidency by promising to introduce the “Zizou” as the new Director of Sport.
It is understood that Pérez will consult Zidane on who should be appointed as the club’s new manager, as well as future transfer targets.
“We don’t know who the new coach will be,” Perez told Cadena Ser. “But we want this new sporting project to be led by Zidane.
“Once we choose the coach, he and [Zidane] will analyse the team so we can take a qualitative step forward.”
It remains to be seen whether the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner can perform to Real’s exceedingly high standards in such a role, or whether this is merely Pérez’ use of fans’ favourite as a pawn in his game of political propaganda.