Zinedine Zidane could be named Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Real Madrid in 2016 when the Italian's contract expires, according to media reports.


Zinedine Zidane could be named Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Real Madrid in 2016 when the Italian’s contract expires, according to media reports.

Various sources from Spain, France, and Germany all hint that the former Sporting Director and current assistant will take the reigns at the Bernabeu in two year’s time.

Television channel TF1, citing France Football magazine, say the legendary play-maker is being lined up by club president Florentino Perez.

‘Zizou’ has held a number of roles at the Spanish giants since hanging up his boots in 2006 including board advisor before stepping onto the training ground as an assistant to Ancelotti. Zidane has been busy obtaining his coaching qualifications and has spoken of his management ambitions. Recently asked what style of football his teams would embrace, the 41-year old replied: “Balanced but attacking. Simple but offensive.”

Speaking to L’Equipe last summer, the 1998 World Cup winner admitted his reputation as a player wouldn’t guarantee success as a manager; “Tomorrow people will say I’m a good coach if I win. Only if I win. It will take time. I cant be the coach I want to be just like that. Zidane or not Zidane, it will take time. You have to learn form other people, to pass diplomas. There is a process. And it suits me.”

“I learned not to look automatically for confidence. You will of course need confidence to build a staff but also competence,” he continued.

“Players will listen to me if I give them something. If you want a player to give you his competence, you have to be demanding and even manipulate him a bit. You have to threaten him and also felicitate him. The carrot and the stick. It works in football and in life.”

Current French boss Didier Deschamps has also claimed Zidane could replace him with the national team when his contract expires in 2016.

“It’s possible. Why not? He has graduated, he wants to be in this place, so why not,” Deschamps told Europe1. “After 2016, I don’t know what I’ll do.”