Zidane watches Montpellier's Belhanda against Evian

The Real Madrid sporting director visited Tuesday's Ligue 1 game for a number of reasons, with the attacking midfielder believed to be one of them
Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane visited Tuesday's Ligue 1 match between Montpellier and Evian to cast an eye on Younes Belhanda among other things.

The Frenchman travelled to Montpellier to support the Foued Sport Solidarite, an organisation that was founded by Zidane's friend Foued Brizini.

Zidane symbolically kicked off the match, before finding his way to the stands to watch the game. He is also a minority shareholder of Evian.

The Foued Sport Solidarite and Evian were not the only reasons for Zidane to travel to France, though, as he also used the opportunity to watch Belhanda live in action.

The 22-year-old has been in impressive form in the 2011-12 campaign, and Madrid are believed to be closely monitoring the attacking midfielder's progress.

Belhanda opened the scoring for Montpellier after 42 minutes of play when he converted a spot-kick, but was shown a red card at the end of the game for an altercation with Cedric Mongongu, and could therefore miss the remainder of the season due to suspension.

Montpellier were held to a 2-2 draw by Evian, but remain top of the table with three more games to go.