France legend Zinedine Zidane registers for same university diploma as Laurent Blanc

The former Real Madrid star will go back to school to learn the basics of sports management, with a future coaching position under consideration
Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has registered for a two-year university diploma at the Centre of Law and Sports Finances in Limoges, France.

The retired midfielder has enrolled for the same degree course as France boss Laurent Blanc, with former Roma and Inter midfielder Olivier Dacourt also registered as one of his class-mates.

The move is likely to fuel speculation Zidane is considering a coaching position in the future.

Earlier this month, the 39-year-old refused to rule out the possibility of accepting a role as coach of the France national team.

Course joint-chief Gerard Coudier said he expects Zidane to succeed in the course, telling The Sun: "Former players speak three languages fluently - they know what a player's contract is all about, they understand how agents and intermediaries work and they also know the limits.

"What characterises Zidane, a man completely successful in his life, is curiosity. He does not need to come here, it's not an imperative need.

"That shows that he comes here, curious and modest at the same time, because he wants to learn. It is a dream to teach someone like that."

Zidane retired from football in 2006 after a trophy-laden career which saw him win, among other things, the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 finals.