Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti - The Footballing World

I would have accepted being Real manager – Zidane

Real Madrid Castilla manager Zinedine Zidane has revealed he would have accepted the task of succeeding former Santiago Bernabeu manager Carlo Ancelotti, whom he worked with as assistant manager two seasons ago, before he chose to take charge of Castilla last term.

Ancelotti’s sacking in the climax of the 2014/15 campaign sparked up suggestions of Zidane being the Italian boss’s successor, but the club ultimately chose experienced former Valencia and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who has also previously managed Real Madrid B, and has also played for Castilla during his playing career.

Zidane said that he would accept the opportunity to take charge of Los Blancos, though he insists he harbours no resentment towards Benitez and Madrid.

“Yes, I would have accepted the task of being Ancelotti’s successor,” the former Real Madrid and France midfielder told France Football on his 43rd birthday.

“I am a professional and never refuse a challenge.

“But no, I am not disappointed I was overlooked in favour of Benitez. It was felt by the board that now was not the time for me to take over. These things happen naturally, one should not force them.

“It was not meant to be on this occasion. Madrid president Florentino Perez chose another coach, and that’s that.”

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