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Name Zinedine Zidane
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  Real Madrid Coach
Desc Zidane has had comfortably the shortest career to date of any manager on the list and that is a testament to the impact he has made on the game in such a short spell. Under Zizou in 2017, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the Champions League in 27 years. One year later, the Frenchman became the first manager ever to win three consecutive European Cups with the same club - a feat we may never see repeated again. Now back at the club with whom he has had such success, Zidane will hope to add to his legend

Affiliation

Org French National Team
Club as Coach Real Madrid
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Juventus

Relationship

Son Luca Zidane
Teammate Youri Djorkaeff
  Emmanuel Petit
  Patrick Vieira
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2008 11 03 Retrieve

[Zidane says Lippi Was My Most Important Trainer] Everyone in their own way played a role. However, if I only remember one coach it will be Marcello Lippi. It was he who made me aware of my own quailities. He told me to listen to him because he was the coach and that he knew I would make this team win

[Zidane then spoke about former Juventus head Gianni Agnelli, who passed away in 2003] Whatever he told me, I am not angry, it was one of those rare cases. He had charisma, he was a great gentleman, and it was he who made Juventus go. Now, I miss him very much

2010 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane said about Eden Hazard when the Frenchman was just about to return to the Bernabéu as presidential adviser and Hazard was 19 and playing for Lille] I would take Eden Hazard with my eyes closed… the star of the future

2013 10 23 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard and Alex Ferguson] Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong. For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for ­Liverpool and England

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Scholes] My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation. There is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career

2014 03 08 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on son Enzo’s selection for the France U-19 team] I am proud that he can wear the French jersey for the first time. He wanted it and he deserves it. It is not only because he is called Zidane but [because] he does beautiful things on the pitch. In any case, he is delighted to be picked and I am as proud as my dad was with my first selection

2014 11 01 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Pogba’s progress] What Paul is doing at the age of 21 is huge. If he can keep up his current development he can become one of the best players ever. He is a combination of Claude Makelele and Patrick Vieira

2015 01 03 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Scholes] I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world. I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid. I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Pogba] I have not tried to convince [Paul] Pogba to join Real Madrid because I don’t know him on a personal level. But the best players always go to Madrid in the end

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on his expectations when the UEFA Champions League returns] (Bayern-Real) would be the logical final, but logic has no place in football

2015 02 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Pep Guardiola] Bayern were always a good team but now the club has arrived on a global level, and that is mainly due to Pep, who has given the club an extra touch of class. He is doing a fantastic job, as he did at Barcelona. I’m fascinated by how he works and I can learn a lot from him

2015 05 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard] He’s a player that I really thought a lot of, I had a lot of time for him and rated him. I can’t say that about everyone. Why did I like him so much? Perhaps there was something about him that reminded me a little bit of myself. He made a lot of noise out there on the field but was quiet off it, meaning that he was someone down to earth and grounded away from the game who just said what needed to be said. He preferred to do his talking on the field, using his voice, his combative spirit and above all his ability on the ball that could make the difference in a game. I would have really liked to have played alongside him. But he has always remained loyal to his own club, Liverpool, the club of his heart. That also is another characteristic that is particular to him, I don’t think there are too many players who have spent their entire career playing for just one club. That is a great strength of his too. It was never possible, because of course he stayed with Liverpool, but I would have loved to play with a guy like him. It’s simply that he’s one of the few players, and I must come back to his combative spirit here, who is a superb technician, who is great on the ball, but who mixed in those fighting qualities with everything he did

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game

2015 11 Retrieve

[Zidane recommends Eden Hazard signing, just as he had done in 2010] After Cristiano and Messi Eden is the player I like the best. It’s spectacular seeing him play

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He is a tremendous player and he has contributed so much to the success of Manchester United. He is a world-class performer, so any team would want to accommodate him

2016 01 09 Retrieve

[Real Madrid and Gareth Bale give Zinedine Zidane the perfect start] Gareth can be very happy about what he did tonight. It is not easy to score three goals. So what now? Continue like this. We played the ball well and created chances. We will improve, too. I’ve only just arrived; you have to give us time

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] When we have the chance of counting with a manager such as José Mourinho, a person who knows how to properly develop a project in order to make this club a lot stronger, attacking Mourinho is attacking Real Madrid! I go to the Valdebebas training center many times, and I see his daily work with the players. Everything he does is meant for the club to keep improving and to create the conditions to win. He’s allowing this team to build a strong character and a big group spirit

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Of course I would, just like any other football player who has been coached by him. He’s a tough coach, that’s true, but he teaches players the true meaning of winning and what it takes to do it. He’s a natural-born winner. People can dislike his methods, but I can assure you that he does everything in his power to protect his players, as he always has the right speech to put himself in front of the bullets when needed

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Francesco Totti] Everything he has done so far in his career has been spectacular and what he has done for Roma is really special. Hats off to him! Let’s see if he continues playing next season but for those of us who love football, seeing him on the pitch is always a pleasure

2016 02 27 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on settling into his role at Real Madrid’s coach] As a coach I think I know what the players need, the moments in which they require you to be present. Simply being next to them can be enough and you don’t have to say too many words on certain problems. Sometimes, communicating well is knowing when to shut up. And that’s something I do well. I know what I want. It’s difficult, but I’m capable of getting it.

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Everything he has done so far in his career has been spectacular and what he has done for Roma is really special. Hats off to him! [. . .] for those of us who love football, seeing him on the pitch is always a pleasure

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Barcelona] Playing in El Clásico is the most beautiful thing that exists in football, and I’m very happy that now I’ll be able to experience it as a coach

2016 04 25 Retrieve

[Ronaldo has been nursing a thigh problem and Benzema a hamstring injury. However, Zidane stated that if neither suffered reaction during the final training session at the Etihad Stadium on Monday they would be in the starting XI] The idea is that we want them to play. I think they’ll be fine but we’ll test. I think they’ll play. They’re 100%.

[…] I’m not going to tell you whether a draw is a good or bad result. It’s a 50-50 game. You can prepare all you want for a big game and then it can turn out totally different to how you envisaged it. The important thing is to give 150%. We can definitely win it. In 2014 there was the same atmosphere in the dressing room [when claiming La Decima]. I noticed the players were really focused, aiming for that goal. We’re in the final straight and we’re ready for anything. My idea is always we’re in this together, that’s why I bring the whole squad. We are united

City are a great side. If you leave them space they can hurt you. The players get between the lines and cause problems. We need to try and stop that happening

2016 04 26 Retrieve

[Zidane is a serene presence] I’m calm before and after a game but during it I can be more animated.

2016 05 03 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane exudes calm but expects Real Madrid to suffer against Manchester City] This will be very, very, very difficult. It will not be like the last game against Wolfsburg: we won’t score two goals in 15 minutes. We will suffer for 90 minutes … or 120.

When you coach Real Madrid you imagine that you might go a long way in the Champions League. I’m happy. Not because of what may happen [on Wednesday night] but because of what is happening day to day. That’s what satisfies me. We want to get to the final, the players deserve it, but we have to work for it. And I’ve always said that we’ve achieved nothing yet. We’re in a good moment, but it will be competitive. And, yes, it will be failure if we don’t get there

Cristiano is fine, 100%. He will be there [on Wednesday night]. Karim [Benzema] and Casemiro are different. Karim had a scan and there’s still a touch [of injury] and I don’t want to take any risks. Casemiro is not an injury as such but there’s swelling and I don’t want to risk it.

[Asked if there was any risk with Ronaldo, Zidane replied] None. This is not two days, it is a week. Ronaldo recovers quickly, he looks after himself well. But this is not a matter of two days. It’s good to have him. He makes the difference, his stats show that. I would have liked Case and Karim, too

[Although Mateo Kovacic could replace him, no one really does Casemiro’s job] Casemiro is Casemiro but there are others who can do the same. Well, not the same, but players who can do the job. The person there tomorrow will have the same ideas Casemiro does

[If it is Kroos, he will have to defend more, Zidane agreed] Yes, but not just Toni. When we don’t have the ball we will all have to defend. It’s not about just Toni. It’s not just the midfield or just the defence; it is all of us. And we will have to try to keep the ball so that they can’t attack us. I will prepare the same way as always: know the opponent, know where they can hurt you, and know what we can do. It’s not the right time [to motivate them with rousing speeches]. They know what we’re playing for.

I hope we can produce 90 minutes of football like we played in the second half [in Manchester]. We have to think about pressing high, having the intensity you need in a semi-final, but we have to know we’ll suffer. There will be difficult moments and we need to be calm, have patience. We can’t think that because we’re at home this will be easy. No. We know we have an opponent who will make it difficult for us. They’re playing for a place in the final, too.

2016 05 26 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid revel in affinity before European Cup final] There’s pressure but I like that. I will approach this with patience, tranquillity and determination. We’re going to play a final: everyone who likes football wants to have the feeling of living a final with their team

[Facing him will be Diego Simeone, a coach who Zidane insists has everything. And what does Zidane have?] A lot to learn. But the desire I have to learn is huge, so I will improve, for sure

I know the feelings that a player has [for a game like this] […] We have worked well; we’re in a good moment. It’s a lovely game to play … and well, that’s all

2016 07 18 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane admits he is a Paul Pogba fan] I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it. Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.

There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything. We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment

[The Real striker Álvaro Morata returned to Madrid earlier this summer on a buy-back option from Juventus and is said to be on Chelsea’s radar. Zidane gave no indication he was ready to offload the player in the near term] He is another member of this team. He’s back and I’m happy to have him. He is an academy product and truthfully we are, and me above all, happy to have him with us. Later we’ll see…

We have a large squad and all the players will be important. Álvaro will be one more of the team.”

[Zidane also batted back questions over the roles of the Colombian midfielder James Rodríguez and youth product Jesé] A large squad gives you a few more problems but that comes with the territory as Real Madrid coach,” he said. I have to play the most competitive side I can and I’ll do the same thing this season.That’s my responsibility.

2016 07 27 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane hints at Real Madrid interest in Paul Pogba] I don’t know if he will come. Until 31 August anything can happen. Everyone is interested in Pogba. He is a great footballer and when you are Madrid you always want the best. But now he is not a Real Madrid player, he is a Juventus player. I can’t say anything more

2016 08 04 Retrieve

[Despite not being at full strength, Zidane has been impressed by what he has seen in his team’s preparations so far] Overall I am delighted with the work we have done this pre-season. But we must continue because it’s going to be a long campaign and we have to continue to work in this manner. We need to get better as a team

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Cristiano Ronaldo being one of a kind] He’ll always be Cristiano. You’re not going to see another Cristiano. He’s been and he is an important player to Real Madrid. He’ll stop some day like everybody but right now he’s with us and he’s good with us

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane praises Sergio Ramos when speaking to the media after Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup final victory over Sevilla] Sergio Ramos is our captain, an important player and he’s always there to earn us the trophy. There were no special instructions for him. With a player like Sergio, he’s always been the difference. We’ve seen it before. He’s grown as a player, too. In this final, he was there just where he needed to be

2016 11 06 Retrieve

[Despite the player’s current inconsistency, Zidane expressed his delight at the possibility of Ronaldo extending his stay at the club] Nothing is up with Cristiano, we always want him to score and at Alavés he scored three and that’s that. He always wants to score but it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t once in a while. I think he’s playing well, working hard for the team. He obviously always wants to score but I think he’s relaxed about it. I’m happy because he’s the type of player who deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid. He’s unique. His dream is to retire here, wearing this great white shirt, just like I did

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominee Zinedine Zidane gives a humble response when asked about the award in a news conference] I think it would be perfectly reasonable for someone else to win it. I’ve only just arrived, this is all new. I have to keep working and show an awful lot more and that would be perfectly reasonable to me

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane thinks Cristiano Ronaldo could play any position] Ronaldo has always played on the wing, but he has the quality to play in several positions. He could play as an out-and-out striker as he’s a great player. And almost 400 goals as a winger - that’s something we can’t forget. It’s an amazing achievement, but he’s so good, he could play anywhere

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane heaps praise on Karim Benzema for his role in Isco’s pivotal away goal at city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-final, second leg] I didn’t know how Benzema managed to come out of the corner. I honestly can’t remember how many players he left behind. Football is not just about who gets the goals, look at what Benzema did. He has a lot of quality and offers more than just goals. He’s a team player

2017 06 04 Retrieve

[Asked who would be the star if he had played with Ronaldo, Zidane replied] I could play quite well but him for sure. He scores goals and that’s the hardest thing of all

2017 06 04b Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane hailed an historic day for Real Madrid as the Spanish champions became the first club to retain the Champions League with an emphatic 4-1 victory] You can say today is an historic day for all Madrid fans, for the players and for myself. I feel extremely happy because the truth is it’s been a special year, you couldn’t dream of anything better. We won the league on the last day and we know it’s very difficult to win a Champions League final for the second year running – we’ve managed to do it.

[Zidane admitts that Madrid struggled in the first half, when Juventus played with no shortage of belief] We started with difficulties but I think in the second half we were clearly superior. We kept the ball, pressured higher up and physically I think we won the game there as well because of the determination we showed

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane reflects on his and the club’s recent achievements] Fighting for silverware is in the DNA of this club. Believing that we’re going to win a trophy is what motivates me, my staff and my players, because we mustn’t forget that they’re the ones competing every weekend out on the pitch. Believing in victory is what drives this sport, and it’s what makes it so magical

2018 04 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Isco in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final win against Juventus] Isco was very important between the lines. Everyone played great but Isco was excellent

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane jokes after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a bicycle kick in their 3-0 win against Juventus in Turin] Cristiano does things sometimes that only he can do. It can be said that it is one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football. It’s maybe not as beautiful as mine in Glasgow

2018 04 24 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Jupp Heynckes personality] He is a coach I have maximum respect for, for what he had done at Bayern and at Madrid too. He has done great things, he’s admirable. I only have good words for this man. And Bayern is not just a good team, it’s a great club

2018 01 13 Retrieve

[Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane speaks about his future at the club] Zinedine Zidane isn’t a player at Real Madrid anymore. That Zidane no longer exists. Now it’s down to Zinedine Zidane the coach to carve out a career. I’m not protected by what I’ve done as a player at this club. I know that one day it [the coach’s job] will come to an end at Real Madrid, so I make the most of it and I do everything I can to be successful. I say to myself, ‘if I’ve got ten days left here, then I’m going to live those ten days to the max; if it’s six months, I’ll live those six months to the max’. I don’t think beyond that. I know I won’t stay [in the job] for ten years

2018 05 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane says it was better for Real Madrid to suffer in win over Bayern] It’s better this way. It was a mad game but a lovely one. You have to suffer in football. You can’t reach a final without suffering and it’s even better like this. Well, maybe not for the heart. But it is.

[Asked what his team have that means somehow they always find a way through, Zidane replied] It’s not just the team, it’s the club. It’s a history that comes from a long way back and now it’s a history we are writing, just as those other teams did. This team never surrenders. We know it is hard but we believe in what we do and keep fighting. I feel very good, because when you do something like this it’s very nice. We like football because of this kind of emotion. We still haven’t won anything, but we’re in the final and that’s enormous. We can be happy because it’s not normal to be in the final for a third year in a row.

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane speaks after leading the club to a third successive UEFA Champions League final] In football, you have to suffer. You cannot be in the final without suffering, it’s even better, more beautiful when you win like that

2018 05 12 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane addresses rumours that Neymar will join his club and whether the Brazilian and Cristiano Ronaldo could work well together] Good player are always compatible. I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play with Youri Djorkaeff. We won the World Cup together. So good players can always play together. On the pitch there is a chemistry. I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment. I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after

2018 05 22 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s manager expects a clash of styles in the Champions League final and is fully aware of his opponents’ front three] I don’t know him personally, I’ve never spoken with him but I’ve seen his work and it’s formidable. He has shown it over the years, not only at Dortmund but also now with Liverpool. I respect him a lot for what he’s doing in the Champions League and Premier League. I don’t think we play the same kind of football as a team. Everyone speaks about the three up front [Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané] and says they’re less at the back, but they’re a team unit. They’ve got to the final and deserve to be there, just like us

[Inevitably talk turned to Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah but Zidane was unequivocal when asked whether he would swap the Portuguese for Liverpool’s Egyptian forward] Cristiano is the best; he shows it every year. Sometimes pressure gets to players and it spurs others on. He is certainly the latter. He’s of maximum importance to us. We always have the same desire and nobody can say we don’t. We’re in a third final [in a row] and we have the chance to do something historic and win it three times in a row. You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us; it simply isn’t true. Nobody can take our hunger away from us. We’re Real Madrid […] We always want more and will always give our all to get more

2018 05 25 Retrieve

[Real Madrid ready for chaos in Champions League final] Today and tomorrow will never happen again; we will live other experiences but never this, so we have to make the most of it. And if there’s a bit of pressure, no problem. It’s life, it’s better like that – a bit of emotion. We’re humans and humans are pure emotion. With pressure it’s even nicer

[For Zidane it is a recurring theme and, when he was asked if he felt valued as a manager, he replied] Yes, Well, sometimes not but that’s life

We have had chaos before and we will have tomorrow for sure. Football is simple: there are two teams and you have to know how you can damage them and control how much they damage you. We have to try to minimise that [chaos] as much as possible and suffer as little as we can. But we will suffer

[Zidane claimed that in a final there is no favourite, describing the game as 50-50] Don’t worry. In the dressing room we don’t think that. People can say what they like but we know that’s not the way it is. We’re not favourites and nor are they.

2018 05 31 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane announces his departure as head coach of Real Madrid] This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working. I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed

[When he retired as a player, he later admitted, that he did so earlier than he originally imagined: Real had not won anything for three years, their worst run in half a century, and he felt responsible for that. He was tired of it all, sure, but he might have held on had he not experienced failure from within] I wanted to transmit serenity, work, commitment. But there is a moment when, after three years, it is hard to keep doing what you do. I want to win and, if I don’t see clearly that we’re going to keep on winning, then it is best to change and not do anything stupid

[He described the decision as for everyone’s benefit] After three years [Real] need another discourse, another working methodology, and that’s why I took this decision. I think it’s the moment to go and I also think the players need a change. They’re the ones who fight on the pitch. It’s not easy for them; it’s a demanding club, a club with a huge history and the players are always squeezed, we always want more and more and there is a moment when you think: ‘Well, what more can I ask of my players?’

[He cannot be unaware of the criticisms made of him during a season in which Real finished 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganés] I felt – I’m not going to say the word, but you know. There are complicated moments in the season when you ask: ‘Am I still the right person?’ I don’t forget the hard moments too. There are lovely moments and we ended with a spectacular moment but there are hard moments that make you reflect

2018 07 11 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Pogba] The word ‘mistake’ is not something you would normally associate with Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United. But I do think it was a mistake letting Paul Pogba leave.

2019 03 Retrieve

[Zidane has sought to stir the transfer pot in the past with comments on Pogba, with the 1998 World Cup winner prepared to state in public that he would welcome the chance to secure a prized signature] I really like Pogba and you know that. I know him very well, he’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend. However, he’s not my player. He plays for United and we have to respect that. He’s always said that he likes Madrid

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane addressed the media after being unveiled as Real Madrid coach for a second spell] I know this is a special day for everyone. I’m very happy to return here and that’s the most important thing. I will be starting work tomorrow to put this club back where it deserves to be

2019 04 02 Retrieve

[Asked if he could imagine a Madrid squad without Varane] No, and besides, I don’t want him to go. None of us want him to leave. He’s still young, he’s been here for eight years, and he’s doing well. It’s life, but he seems fine to me. He hasn’t said anything about wanting to leave. But if you know something I don’t […] What counts is what the player tells me and right now he is at the best club in the world. He has won a lot here and he seems okay to me.

2019 04 14 Retrieve

[With Thibaut Courtois injured and Keylor Navas having just returned from the international break, Zidane explained his decision was made in order to give the latter a rest] Next season there will be no debate about the goalkeeper – it’s going to be very clear. At the moment, there are three good keepers and we are going to finish the season with them.

[Early signs suggested Zidane would put his faith in Navas] Thibaut is going to play again and the third goalkeeper is Luca. That’s three good goalkeepers but Madrid should have three or four great goalkeepers. You cannot contest four, five or six competitions with just one great goalkeeper

2019 04 14b Retrieve

[With Courtois currently injured, one cannot make assumptions about who Zidane prefers in the long-term, but his words certainly suggest Navas’ game time is more out of respect than preference] I like Courtois [as well as Navas]. Thibaut has shown he is a great keeper but I want Keylor to feel important too. I don’t forget what he has done. He has played less but he has to play.

2019 05 18 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane refused to reveal whether goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be staying with the club next season was irritated when asked if team selection is entirely up to him] It’s my decision, obviously. If I don’t do what I want with my team, I leave

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Madrid spurned the chance to go clear of Barcelona at the top as they were held 0-0 by Real Betis at home, despite racking up a total of 22 shots over the 90 minutes] We won’t score five goals every day. We have had chances. The goal is the only thing that we have lacked

2019 06 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Gareth Bale imminent Real Madrid exit] He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure… that’s why he didn’t play

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane denies disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claims the Welsh forward was left out against Bayern Munich because he did not want to play] I have not disrespected anyone. The club is dealing with his departure. Period. The other day [against Bayern], Gareth didn’t play because he didn’t want to. He said the club was trying to negotiate his departure, and he didn’t want to play because of that

[After the 3-1 defeat to Bayern on Saturday, Zidane said Bale would leave the club] I don’t know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will change. And that’s good for everyone … if it’s tomorrow, better

[Zidane added on Monday that] Bale hasn’t asked not to play tomorrow – so far. [His] situation is known by everyone and will not change. The club is going to do what they have to do with him

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane is ready to put his faith in Gareth Bale as the forward suddenly looks set to stay at Real Madrid] It seemed Bale was going to leave but today he is here with us. The dynamics are changing, things are changing. From now on I will rely on him as on others. I will rely on all the players who are here. He has his place, he is an important player and I hope all the players will make the task of choosing a team difficult

2019 08 22 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane having previously spoken of the need to show patience with a player still learning his trade] There are many players who have come on pre-season with us from the youth system. Kubo has joined us recently and he is a player for the future, but we will talk about what is best with him and it could be good that he trains with us and plays for the Castilla, we will see. He is still very young and we must be patient with his development

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Coach Zinedine Zidane never passed up the chance to defend Benzema] I don’t agree with the criticism. What interests me is not just his goals. I like what Karim does for the team, he’s one of the best in this regard, and in the team game - I value that a lot. I’m going to defend Benzema to death

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Despite this being Real’s first domestic loss, Zinedine’s team has failed to impress this season and is yet to win a game in this year’s UEFA Champions League group stages] The problem is that we have to show every three days that we’re good. That’s the difficulty. We don’t do it. I won’t say that I’m worried because I don’t like the word, but if we want to win something this season, we need consistency

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Karim Benzema] Karim as always, doesn’t change much. It’s important that he scores because he needs that as the number nine of Madrid. But he contributes much more than goals and does better for others. I am happy with his performance.

[However, Zidane was pleased with Rodrygo and Jovic’s contribution on Wednesday, suggesting he hoped the goals would help kickstart their careers at the Santiago Bernabeu] The truth is I am happy for both of them. Rodrygo has personality and is getting better in the team. And Luka [Jovic] is happy because he needed that [goal] and, although he does not play much, it’s important [to make an impact] when he has minutes replacing Karim [Benzema].

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Rodrygo Goes says he is progressing faster than he expected at Real Madrid after scoring a perfect hat-trick on a ‘dream’ night against Galatasaray] We are delighted for him. When he has the chance to play, he plays well, and today he did it again. He has to stay calm and we mustn’t put pressure on him. His great display today does not surprise me at all because he has already shown in training that he is a great player

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Madrid press shout for Real hero Karim Benzema to be recalled to the France squad] From a football point of view, he’s the best. I think he should definitely have a place in the French national team. It’s beyond my role here, but he should definitely be called up

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Raul Gonzalez] That it’s been 25 years since his first appearance means we’re all getting on a little. I played alongside him and he was an important player for this great club. I’m sure he’ll coach Real Madrid one day

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Vinicius Junior] Vinicius is 18 years old and is the future of Real Madrid, I’m sure. But everything comes in its own time. He’s in the process of doing things the right way but I am counting on him

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] He has an ego, but on the field he behaves like a champion. It’s part of his character. No-one will change his personality, like Cristiano Ronaldo. Sometimes he shows an arrogant side, but when you know him he’s not like that at all. He’s quite nice

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane is in confident mood ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to Barcelona for the Clasico] We know that we face a great team and that they have Messi, but we also have our weapons. Going to the Clasico together is something … different. I remember when I was a player. You live for these kind of matches. I’m not worried about the Clasico. I’m happy to be able to play a game like that. There’s a lot of talk … but what people want to see tomorrow is a good game

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Wales forward Gareth Bale could feature for Real Madrid when they return to La Liga action against Eibar on Sunday] We’ve got 11 cup finals ahead of us and we’ll be trying to give our all to win La Liga. We’re used to playing at the Bernabeu but we’ll adapt to the circumstances. We’ve trained there, the dimensions are the same and we’re ready to play at the Di Stefano

2020 06 14b Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane was happy to see Eden Hazard impress as Real Madrid made a winning return in La Liga] We knew Eden would lack a bit of rhythm to play the whole game. In the end, he played an hour and played well, too. They gave him a good knock, a scare, but that’s football. He said he was fine at the break, that he was glad he had been hit, and wasn’t afraid. He’s happy with what he did and we’re happy, also

[Toni Kroos broke the deadlock in the fourth minute as Madrid dominated the first half] It’s a completely different thing to what we were experiencing before. We have to adapt. We started the game well, but it was difficult in the second half. I don’t think it was physical, because we are well prepared. It was a bit of everything. I’ll take the first half – that was dominant. It’s an important win. Maybe we relaxed in the second. There was no one thing in particular. We had to make the changes: [Dani] Carvajal sprained his ankle, Ramos had discomfort too, Hazard because he hadn’t played for a long time… I don’t think it was the changes that made the game change

[Karim Benzema looked particularly sharp and combined well with Hazard in the first half] I don’t know his diet, but Karim takes great care of himself, like most players. He’s happy to play again. I hope he keeps it up – we need him. It’s wonderful to see them communicate and I have to talk mostly about the second goal, which came from a pass from Eden to Ramos

2020 06 14c Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane says Eden Hazard is fine after suffering an injury ‘scare’ during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Eibar on Sunday] We knew Hazard would probably lack a little sharpness if he played the whole game. He played for an hour, and played well, and he took a hit, which will do him good. He’s had a knock, a scare, but that’s football. He was fine at half-time, he was happy and he’s not afraid. He is happy with what he’s done and we’re happy with his work and that of the whole team. We have players up top who can always make the difference. I think when Hazard laid it to Sergio, he could have scored himself too, but he’s altruistic, so he gave it to Sergio. It’s unselfish and I love to see things like that