Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid needed a coach like Jose Mourinho

The Frenchman hails the impact of the 48-year-old Portuguese coach and believes the capital club are on the brink of 'doing something important' this year
Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has saluted the impact that Jose Mourinho has had at the club since becoming coach last summer.

Zidane believes that after a tough first season for the ex-Inter boss, Madrid are on the verge of achieving greatness, insisting that Mourinho's second seasons are more memorable than his first.

The World Cup winner has also praised the shrewd signings made by the club during the summer transfer window so far.

''At Real Madrid, we lacked someone like [Jose] Mourinho. Someone who knows football, someone who has character but also knows the direction to take the club in. When players come here, they expect to succeed and he is the right person to do this with.''

''We know the difficulties [of last season] but Mourinho's latter years [coaching clubs] are the best. With this coach we are going to do something very important this year.''

''We've grown a lot over the summer because the signings are good. It's a new template with young players and we're very happy with them.''

Zidane played a significant role in coaxing defender Raphael Varane to join the La Liga club from Lens this summer, while Fabio Coentrao, Nuri Sahin, Jose Callejon and the experienced Hamit Altintop have all signed up, too, as Madrid bid to break Barcelona's dominance in all competitions this term.