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While Real Madrid are still looking for new coach, Zinedine Zidane may yet ended up as one.
This shaped up as club president Florentino Perez announced on Tuesday that he wants the former France great to play a bigger role in steering the club through the post-Jose Mourinho era.
The 66-year-old Perez, whose current four-year term is up next month, is eyeing the popular former Real and France midfielder to be his new sporting figurehead.
Real Madrid and Mourinho agreed to part ways last week after a three-year stint which produced a La Liga title, one King’s Cup, but no major silverware this season.
That feat was considered as a poor return for the world’s richest club by income.
“We don’t know who will be the new coach,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser when asked about their approach for Paris Saint-Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti to replace Mourinho. “But we want this new sporting project to be led by Zidane. I hope one day he will be coach. When we choose the coach, the new person and him will analyse the team so we can take a qualitative step forward.”
Zidane played for Real from 2001 until his retirement in 2006 and was World Player of the Year three times. He has been working as director of football for the club for the last two years, though it has been unclear exactly what his responsibilities are.