Zidane: I’m staying with Castilla

Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he does not feel ready to replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid’s first-team Coach.

The Frenchman, who is currently in charge of Los Blancos’ Castilla side, had been tipped to succeed the 55-year-old after Saturday’s 4-0 home reverse to Barcelona in the Clasico, but he insists he still lacks what is needed to manage at the highest level.

“I’m the Coach of Castilla. Benitez is [Coach] of the first team and things are fine,” he said after Castilla’s 0-0 draw with Barakaldo in Segunda B on Sunday.

“I’m here to coach Castilla. I ended last season with the feeling that something was missing.

“I’m stubborn as I didn’t meet my objectives [of promotion to La Segunda], but I must meet them.

“I have a lot to learn, but a Coach never knows too much.

“Like a player, I’m learning little by little and not rushing anything.

“I’m with Castilla and I’ll go on this way.”

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