Zinedine Zidan, Real Madrid Castilla boss is one of seven young French coaches lately on a three-day trip to visit the Bayern Munich training center and club offices.
Since the end of his playing career in 2006, the 42 years old had been working towards obtaining his coaching license and started to handle Madrid’s Castilla reserve team last summer.
Zidane’s promise at the helm of the Castilla gave him his first major role as the head coach after his long season in the position of an apprentice as Ancelotti’s assistant.
Zidane was joined on Monday at a free Bayern training day by Bordeaux coach, Willy Sagnol, and former Bastia boss Claude Makelele. They are all in the process of obtaining their UEFA Pro Level Three Licence. Besides, Guy Lacombe, Franck Thivillier, Claude Le Roy and Bernard Diomede were also attended the training.
Those seven young coaches met up with Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, at the club offices at Sabener Strasse. The delegation was permitted to observe Pep Guardiola’s training sessions for two days, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Zidane joined the trip in his effort to develop his coaching knowledge in the thick of a difficult period as Castilla coach. His team have suffered a series of defeats and fallen to the seventh position in Segunda B Group II.
According to AS, while he took part in the training trip in Munich, Zidane’s responsibility as the coach of Castilla will be handled by his assistants David Bettoni and Santi Sanchez. They will take control of Castilla training sessions ahead of Sunday’s match against Las Palmas Atletico.
That was not the first time the Castilla coach had travelled abroad to scrutinize the training sessions of other coaches. Zidane had travelled to Lyon before to take part in licence procedures, and then in December, Zidane travelled to Marseille to see Marcelo Bielsa.
At the same time, at Bayern’s training ground, midfielder Javi Martinez continued to work on his comeback. He was suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in August.
Moreover, the ex-member of the Galacticos Madrid side acknowledged that he would also gladly step into Ancelotti’s place, but he would need more experience before he is ready to do so. He said he have time, he is learning now. He did not become the player he was in two years, he took things in stages. That will be the same thing as a coach.
Besides, he also added, he would consider replacing his teammate Blanc at Paris Saint-Germain, and one day he would really like to France International team coach.