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Zidane gets captains' vote to manage Real Madrid

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 26/12/2015 sportyou
Zidane recibe el apoyo de los capitanes para entrenar al Real Madrid © Getty Images Zidane recibe el apoyo de los capitanes para entrenar al Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane is one step closer to becoming the new Real Madrid manager, as a replacement for Rafa Benítez. According to 'AS', the Frenchman has the support of the first-team squad. Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, the first-team captains, have called Zidane to "express their confidence in him should the club choose him as a replacement for Benítez", the sports daily reports.

By all accounts, the relationship between Benítez and the squad has reached such a point that the captains decided to speak to Zidane to give him their support, tell him to stay calm and, at the same time, send a message to the club that they prefer the Frenchman over José Mourinho in charge of the team.

Zinedine Zidane has already spoken about his future, after all the talk and speculation about him possibly replacing Rafa Benítez as Real Madrid first-team coach: “I have Castilla first and foremost in my mind and I am only thinking about them. I don't read everything that gets printed about me because I am focused on my work” he said after Castilla's clash with Talavera. Zidane, however, did not deny that he is hanging on what happens with the first team: "I am aware of what is going on, but at the same time I am staying calm. I am working for and thinking about Castilla, not about other things. I want everyone to know that."

Of Benítez he said, politely, that "He's doing a great job. The team are performing very well under him, although it is normal for criticism to come when Real Madrid don't get the results expected. Despite recent events, the team will come good in the end and for that reason I'm not focused on anything other than getting Castilla into the play-offs."

However, when he was asked about coaching the first team, Zidane said that he was “lacking something”. “I am the coach of Castilla and Benítez is the coach of the first team. Things are well sorted out at the moment”, he said. Zidane was the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti while the Italian was at Madrid, and he stayed on with the mission of returning the reserve team to the second division: "If I stayed on at the club it was to coach Castilla. Last year, at the end of the season, I felt that I was still lacking something to become the manager of the first team."

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