Zidane takes new role at Bernabeu

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Zinedine Zidane will start working as Real Madrid's Director of Football from next week, the former France great said yesterday. The 39-year-old, who was voted World Player of the Year on three occasions, has been working at the Spanish club as president Florentino Perez's special adviser.

"We are going to start working in the role as director of football to the first team," Zidane said. "[Coach Jose] Mourinho has been fundamental in this, but so has the president. I will be there until the end of the season."