Zinedine Zidane becomes a manager as he takes over Real Madrid reserves

French legend will manage Castilla next season

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Former France international Zinedine Zidane is set to make his first steps as a manager having been appointed boss of Real Madrid's reserves, Castilla, for next season.

Zidane has earned the promotion after serving as Carlo Ancelotti's first team assistant coach last season as Real Madrid won their long-awaited tenth European title.

The Frenchman is known to be keen to pursue a career in management and was recently linked with the job at Bordeaux, however Zidane has instead opted to stay with Real Madrid, the club where he ended his illustrious career.

Zidane has widely been credited with the success of young players at the club, including Isco and Jese and is understood to be looking forward to "a new stage of his career at Real Madrid."


He will be joined by youth coach Santiago Sanchez as he looks to guide Castilla back into the second tier of Spanish football.