Zidane reiterates coaching ambition

The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the finest players of all time and the World Cup winner would now like to pass on what he learned during his career to others
Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has reiterated his desire to imminently move into coaching.

The former France international won every major trophy going and a plethora of individual honours during his illustrious playing career and that is precisely why he feels he has something to offer as a boss.

"I want to start preparing to take the title of coach," Zidane told Le Journal de Saone-et-Loire. "The playing field is what I know best.

"I have lived 20 years of special moments and I want to convey and share my experience with others."

Zidane also revealed that calling time on his playing days hit him hard, admitting that he could not help but allow his emotions to get the better of him during his final outing at the Santiago Bernabeu, against Villarreal in 2006.

"I had never before cried on the field," the former Bordeaux man reminisced. "But the day of my departure from Real Madrid, there were a lot of emotions and it was very moving.

"I have always been very reserved, but just before the match I could not hold it in. I was at the end of something that had been my life.

"I tried to hide my tears. But everybody saw it because there were plenty of cameras there that day."

When asked if he would like to go back in time to a certain moment in his career, Zidane replied: "If I could choose, I would like to relive the excitement of a party, such as in 1998 [after France's World Cup win].

"When you're on the inside you do not realise what they are doing. Therefore, with the benefit of hindsight and with the maturity I have today, I perhaps would enjoy that World Cup more.

"But, regardless, my life has been like a magic wand."

Zidane retired after France's defeat to Italy in the 2006 World Cup final, a game in which he scored from the penalty spot before then being sent off.