Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed he would be keen on the Real Madrid manager job if he was offered the role by club president Florentino Perez, according to the Daily Mail.
Zidane is currently in charge of Real Madrid’s Castilla side, their B team, as he decided to focus on his own managerial career following a year as Carlo Ancelotti’s asssistant.
Ancelotti and the Real Madrid team have come under intense speculation recently, following a disappointing set of results since the turn of the year. Real Madrid have seen the team knocked off top spot in La Liga, lose 4-0 to bitter city rivals and lose El Clasico, while also only squeaking past Schalke in the Champions League.
While being unwilling to poach Ancelotti’s job from him, Zidane said he would be willing to manage Los Blancos, “If the post of Real’s coach was proposed to me, I would certainly agree. But there is a coach right now who is doing a very good job. And I’m in a structure and still learning, ” he said.
Zidane continued, “Am I ready for the job? You are never ready, and even if you’re not you still say yes. As a player, I didn’t forge my career in two years. Things happen gradually. In coaching, it will be the same.
“l’ve learned a lot from Carlo and he knows what I think of him. He is the perfect coach for Madrid, despite what people say.”
Zizu also claimed he learned a lot from now Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. He added, “From Mourinho, what I learned is that he never gives up. His handling is surprising, but he is right because he is harsh, yet fair. After a while it can be heavy, but he is fair and does everything for his players.
“For Ancelotti, it’s different. He is a ‘cool dad’ with his players, he’s more patient. But he also knows that sometimes you need to be harsh.”
Zidane enjoyed a long career at Real Madrid, joining from Juventus in 2001 before retiring at the Bernabeu in 2006 after making over 200 league appearances, scoring 49 goals.