Real Madrid’s reserve team boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he would’ve gladly accepted the first team position if he had been offered it, after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. Zidane was Ancelotti’s assistant for the Italian’s first year with the club, where he helped guide the team to their long-awaited ‘Decima’ Champions League title before accepting the position of Real Madrid Castilla manager.



“Yes, I would have accepted being Ancelotti’s successor. I’m a professional and I’m never going to turn down a challenge,” said the Frenchman. However, Zidane is content to continue growing as a manager with the reserve side while Rafa Benitez takes the reigns.

“I’m not disappointed. I believe it wasn’t the time. “There’s no comparison between the head coach and assistant. The head coach is the one responsible. Everything passes through you, you take all the decisions,” added Zidane.

“To be a coach means to be alone. When you’re the assistant coach, you can give advice and offer a different point of view, but you can’t compare. The responsibility is always the head coach’s.”