NEWS
Tuesday September 16 2014
Zidane on Castilla & Bordeaux

Zinedine Zidane has spoken about his role with Real Madrid’s B side Castilla and the option he had of taking over at Bordeaux.

The Frenchman was Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at the Bernabeu last season before being appointed Head Coach of the second team in June this year, although he has had a tough baptism with only one win from the opening four games.

“I was very happy with Carlo but after a year I wanted to do something more. I feel good and I’m happy with my young team, from which I can also learn, and it’s different from anything I could have done with the first team.

“I would have preferred not to start with defeats but we’ve finally won after three games and I’m delighted for the boys, as we haven’t had much luck and have deserved more,” he told RMC Sport, before revealing his reasons for turning down Bordeaux in the summer.

“I had the chance to go to Bordeaux but I didn’t do so because I wanted to coach Castilla and I jumped at the opportunity,” explained Zidane.

“I spoke to [Bordeaux President] Jean-Louis Triaud, who came to Madrid for discussions. He was very honest and told me there would not be many players coming in. I then made my decision and it’s one I don’t regret.

“I want to continue with Castilla this year and then we’ll see. I’m ambitious and I’d like to Coach a team in the top flight,” he concluded.

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