Zidane a perfect fit for Monaco, says Platini

The Uefa president has backed his fellow Frenchman to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club, with the Real Madrid assistant tipped to take his first top job imminently
Michel Platini believes Zinedine Zidane should kick off his career as a head coach at Monaco.

Zidane is currently working as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real Madrid and has been spoken of as a potential successor to the Italian at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Platini believes that his fellow French legend is now ready for a top job and is convinced that the Stade Louis II would be an ideal place for the World Cup winner to cut his teeth, especially given that les Rouges et Blancs are backed by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

"If Zinedine wants to be a coach, it's good to start with Monaco," Platini told L’Equipe. “It is a good club that has means.

"He has spent a year with Carlo Ancelotti at Real. So, he's ready. If he wants to do the job, he has to take the step.

"And if he wants to take charge of the French national team one day, it's better that he starts with a club.”

Indeed, Platini claimed that Zidane does not lack ambition and feels the former Madrid attacking midfielder has what it takes to become a top coach.

"I have spoken to Zinedine and I know that he wants to commit himself,” the Uefa president continued. “He has a name, he's intelligent. He'll be a very good coach."