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Zinedine Zidane talks Kroos, Modric, Benzema, Mbappe, Santiago Bernabeu

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It has been a while since Zinedine Zidane has coached a football club. After his second stint at Real Madrid came to an end in 2021, the Frenchman has not taken another managerial duty.

Despite this, Zidane has been constantly linked with high-profile jobs across Europe. The Frenchman, for his part, has been eyeing the top job in the French national team for a while.

Zidane on best players he has worked with

Nevertheless, in a recent media interaction, Zidane reminisced about his time at Real Madrid, notably revealing the favourite players he has worked with.

“Players who impressed me the most as a coach? When you see Kroos, Modrić and Benzema playing for you for an hour without losing a single ball, that is football,” Zidane said in an interview with Canal+ Africa.

It must be noted that Zidane had played a crucial role in building Real Madrid’s iconic midfield duo of Kroos and Modric, which is about to come to an end as Kroos has played the final club game of his professional career.

Zidane heaps praise on Modric, Kroos and Benzema (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Modric, though, is expected to continue for another season and the deal could be announced in the near future.

Zidane on Santiago Bernabeu, jumping in on the pitch

After he revealed the player who impressed him the most, Zidane was asked about the best stadium he has played in.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Frenchman revealed, “Most beautiful stadium I played in with the best atmosphere? Santiago Bernabéu. It’s quite special.”

Moving on, EAFC players must be familiar with the feature of jumping into the game even while playing as a manager. Zidane revealed that he, unfortunately, never had the option even though he wanted to jump into the pitch a few times.

“It happened to me once or twice but unfortunately I couldn’t do it. I’m always glued to the touchline, I like to be close to my players, I don’t like sitting,” Zidane said.

Finally, Zidane was also asked about Kylian Mbappe, who has finally joined Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Zidane backed the French international to ‘surpass everyone’ and make history.

“Mbappe is here now. He will make history at the club and I think he’ll surpass everyone,” he said on Telefoot.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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