Zidane lands new Real role

Frenchman reveals he is to be sporting director

Zidane: Set for a more hands-on position as sporting director at Real

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Zinedine Zidane has revealed he is to work more closely with Jose Mourinho after agreeing to become Real Madrid's new sporting director.

Former Madrid star Zidane has been working at the club as a special adviser to president Florentino Perez, but the ex-France midfielder is now set for a more hands-on role.

He is set to take up the post next week and he is looking forward to the challenge.

"I will be director of football for the first team," Zidane told reporters in Spain.

"Mourinho influenced this decision, but also Florentino. We will see (what tasks I am assigned), but I will (be occupying the new role) from Monday until the end of the season."

Interesting

Zidane helped Madrid sign French defender Raphael Varane from Lens last month and he believes the teenager is an outstanding prospect.

"He has a tremendous future, and it's a good thing to arrive at Real Madrid so young. Varane liked the coach, so that is why he is here," added Zidane.

Another to come in could be Brazil forward Neymar and Zidane claims the player reminds him of Robinho, who also played for Santos before ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"He is similar to Robinho, but he scores more goals. Neymar is a player who could be interesting for Real Madrid," said Zidane.

"It's normal that everyone wants Neymar, but we have to see what the club decides. We have to take things step by step."