Eric Abidal is the latest footballing figure to envisage Zinedine Zidane one day succeeding Carlo Ancelotti as Coach of Real Madrid.
The former Barcelona left-back played alongside the legendary midfielder, now in charge of Los Blancos’ Castilla team, for France, most notably in the 2006 World Cup final.
“The player who excited me most was [Zinedine] Zidane,” he revealed to Onda Cera.
“At first, I only watched him on TV. When I played with him on the pitch, I thought he was even better.
“He was intelligent, humble and won everything. He never sought recognition from anyone. I see him as the next Coach of [Real] Madrid.”
Abidal’s comments come in wake of Michel’s after the ex-Madrid star claimed Zidane was “being prepared” for the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu
"I don’t consider myself a candidate [to replace Ancelotti]. I feel qualified, but it’s not down to me or the results,” the recently-sacked Olympiakos boss told Elite Sport.
“Besides, I think the club are preparing Zidane to be the next Coach.”