Zidane had no coaching plans

Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed he had no intention of entering management when he retired as a player.

The Frenchman retired from playing in 2006 but it was not until 2013 that he was appointed as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at the club, before taking charge of Real Madrid Castilla the following year.

“I did not want to be a Coach when I retired as a player, it was not something that interested me,” Zidane is cited as saying by Diario AS.

“I wanted to stop and do something else with my life, a new career but things change and I am happy to be in the position I currently am, it’s a privilege.

“I spent two years as a manager (at Madrid’s Castilla side) and three before that as a Coach, so it has taken me five years to get to this level and prepare.”

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