EXCLUSIVE: Zinedine Zidane’s fledgling coaching career is no more than four months old but the three-time World Player of the Year has revealed it is his dream to one day be French national team manager.
Zidane was appointed assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in June but admits it is only the first step in his long-term goal of leading Les Bleus.
The 41-year-old was, however, keen to emphasise this ambition is many years away and he feels current incumbent and former France and Juventus team-mate, Didier Deschamps, is doing a fine job.
Speaking exclusively to Sport360° in Abu Dhabi, Zidane said: “Managing to coach in football is already a dream in itself.
“But then I do dream to be the coach of the French national team one day. This is not something I want right now. I like the people in place in the French team and this is not an ambition for today. I am looking to the future.
“I have always been a patient man and working at Madrid with Carlo is a great way to learn a lot before starting as a No1 myself. My objective is to be a No1 coach.”
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The World Cup winner has spent the last three days in Abu Dhabi with IWC Schaffhausen. Zidane is an official friend of the brand and was at The Dome@Rawdhat on Tuesday conducting a coaching session with children from the Special Care Centre in the city.
Zidane also attended a gala dinner at the Rosewood Hotel on Tuesday night, with IWC promising to donate 10 per cent of the profits from their boutique store at The Galleria at Sowwah Square to the Special Care Centre.
Meanwhile, the Frenchman has urged Real Madrid fans to be patient with Gareth Bale, admitting the world’s most expensive footballer is still lacking full match fitness.
By contrast, one new signing who has settled extremely well since arriving in the summer has been playmaker Isco. The former Malaga midfielder’s form and ability have been such that he has drawn comparisons with Zidane, who delighted the Bernabeu crowd over five seasons at the club.
“There have been comparisons with Isco, but there have been others before,” said Zidane. “It happened when I started my career, people would compare me to Michel Platini because of the positions we played and the Juventus connection. It has happened before and will happen again.”
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