Real Madrid Appoint Zinedine Zidane as Director of Football
Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane has agreed to take up the post of Director of Football at Real Madrid. The 1998 Ballon D’or winner said that although he is unsure of what his duties are going to be, he will start working from next week.
The former player has already been working at the Spanish club as a special adviser to the Madrid president Florentino Pérez and has played an influential role in bringing exciting talents to the club (Raphael Varane, Madrid’s latest signing, admitted that Zidane helped him make up his mind).
Speaking to the media, Zidane said
“We are going to start working in the role as director of football to the first team. Mourinho has been fundamental in this, but so has the president as well.
“We shall see [what the role entails]. Everyone has been asking me the same question, but I will be there from next Monday, until the end of the season.”
Zidane will take some of the responsibilities that used to be handled by Jorge Valdano, who was sacked as general manager at the end of last season.
Zidane, 39, played for Real between 2001 and 2006, helping the Los Blancos to win the 2002 Champions League with a memorable goal in the final against Bayer Leverkusen. Zidane’s three sons are all members of Real Madrid’s academy.