It’s believed Zinedine Zidane would prefer to see out the season at Real Madrid Castilla but, if asked to replace Rafa Benitez, wouldn’t be able to say no.
AS recalls that Zidane was spoken in the summer about replacing Carlo Ancelotti and, though he was unsure about taking such a position as his first as a Coach in the Primera, was willing to accept the job if offered and felt a year as Ancelotti’s assistant and a year with RM Castilla had prepared him.
Zidane was nevertheless enthused at the prospect of a new season with the B team and eager to right the wrongs of the last campaign, when he failed to get Castilla promoted from Segunda B.
RM Castilla are currently second in the standings and Zidane would rather see the task through than step into any vacancy that may be created should Benitez be let go.
The Coach is said to be on thin ice at Santiago Bernabeu, with some directors close to Florentino Perez advising he be dismissed.
Zidane, it’s said, wouldn’t reject the proposal to step in, and would agree out of loyalty to the club, even though he’d rather take over in the summer, and not in the middle of a crisis.
Part of Benitez’s problem at the Bernabeu has been getting the players onside, but Zidane, it’s felt, wouldn’t face that issue, as he already commands the respect of the squad.
It’s also noted that Zidane wouldn’t accept a proposal at this point in time from anyone other than Madrid, should he be asked to make the jump to the first team.
The Press across Europe is expecting Zidane to get the nod, with L’Equipe splashing the former France international on Wednesday’s front page amid speculation that Benitez will go and Zidane will be his successor.