Zidane: I’m ready

Zinedine Zidane was unable to hide his delight after he replaced Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid manager. 

The Frenchman, who spent five years with Madrid as a player from 2001 to 2006, had been coaching Real Madrid Castilla prior to being named manager of the first team.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Zidane said that he was grateful to have received the opportunity to coach the club he represented 155 times and vowed to turn their season around. 

"I want to thank the club and the president for the opportunity to coach this club," Zidane said. "It's the best club in the world with the best fan-base. I will do my very best so that at the end of the season this club will have a trophy.

"I will work hard with all the players and I think it will go well. I'm looking forward to working with everyone tomorrow. Tomorrow is when the work starts.

"It is an important day for me and an emotional day. Even more than when I signed as a player. I will put all my heart into this job and for the club."

During Benitez’s seven-month tenure, Madrid did not look particularly convincing and won just 11 of their 18 La Liga matches. Furthermore, los Blancos were disqualified from the Copa del Rey after Denis Cheryshev was included in the starting line-up against Cadiz even though he was ineligible.