Khedira: Zidane was my idol

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira says former Los Blancos player Zinedine Zidane was his idol as a youngster.

In an interview with AS, the German international recalled the Frenchman’s wonder goal for Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow.

”I was a fan of Germany supporting Leverkusen but, on the other hand, I was also a big Real Madrid fan because Zinedine Zidane was my idol. He was a player I practically adored,” confessed Khedira.

“I remember it was a really intense match and that goal…what can you say about it? I don’t know if there will be another like it.

“Deciding a game in that manner is a sign of his great class. I just sat in front of the television, absorbing and enjoying the match.”

Los Blancos entertain Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday and Khedira believes they will qualify for the next phase of the competition despite having already lost to the Germans.

“Real Madrid and one more to qualify. I leave that open, but of course if Dortmund go through then for me, as a German, it would be very nice.

“I think they deserve it, although what I hope is that Real Madrid come first.” 

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