Zinedine Zidane says he would coach Real Madrid if offered the job

Zinedine Zidane says he would coach Real Madrid if he was offered the job. However, the former France international went on to say the club already has a manager in charge who is doing a good job.

In recent weeks, Zidane has been tipped to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the season. The Frenchman is currently in charge of Real Madrid Castilla and has directed the team to seventh place in Group Two of Segunda B during his first season.

Ancelotti has come under tremendous criticism due to his squad’s lackluster performances since returning from the winter break. The Italian manager has been scrutinized for his failure to rotate the squad and inability to regain any of the momentum the team had during the first half of the season.

Even though club president Florentino Perez has backed Ancelotti to remain in charge, the belief in Spain is club officials are preparing to sack the Italian and replace him with Zidane at the conclusion of the campaign.

During an interview with Canal Plus, Zidane admitted he would take the Real Madrid job if it were offered to him. However, the Frenchman also went on to describe his admiration for Ancelotti, calling the manager the “perfect coach” for the club.

“If the role of coach at Real Madrid was offered to me I would certainly agree to it,” Zidane told Canal Plus.

“However, there is a coach there right now who is doing a very good job. I am part of the club’s structure and still learning.

“Am I ready for the job? You are never ready, and even if you’re not, you still have to say ‘yes’.

“When I was a player, I didn’t build my career over two years because things happen gradually. It’s the same in coaching.

“I’ve learned a lot from Carlo Ancelotti and he knows how highly I regard him. He’s the perfect coach for Real Madrid, despite what people are saying.”

As well as serving on Ancelotti’s staff, Zidane was also a part of the coaching set-up under former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. The former France international gave his thoughts on the two legendary tacticians.

“What I learned from Mourinho is that he never gives up,” Zidane added. “It’s surprising the way in which he handles things but he’s right because he’s harsh but fair. He does everything for his players.

“With Carlo it’s different. He’s cool with the players and shows more patience. But he also knows that at times you need to be strict.”

 

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