Sunday 25 September 2016

New Madrid boss vows to win silverware

Damien Spellman

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

Real Madrid's new coach Zinedine Zidane: 'It's the best club in the world with the best fan-base in the world. I want to do my very best to ensure that this club at the end of the season will have a trophy' Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina
Real Madrid's new coach Zinedine Zidane: 'It's the best club in the world with the best fan-base in the world. I want to do my very best to ensure that this club at the end of the season will have a trophy' Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

Zinedine Zidane has vowed to win a trophy this season after replacing Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid manager.

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Speaking at a brief press conference, which finally got under way almost half an hour after the scheduled start time, Zidane said: "I want to thank the club and thank the president for giving me the opportunity to train this club.

"It's the best club in the world with the best fan-base in the world. I want to do my very best to ensure that this club at the end of the season will have a trophy.

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

"I will put all the heart I have into this job for the club. Thank you very much."

Zidane, who had been working as manager of the club's B team Castilla, inherits a side sitting in third place in the Primera Division table after Sunday's 2-2 draw at Valencia.

However, Benitez's tenure drew to a premature close after months of speculation that he would not come anywhere near seeing out the three-year contract he signed in June last year amid dissatisfaction among fans unhappy with both the departure of predecessor Carlo Ancelotti and his style of play, and rumours that he was at odds with key figures within the dressing-room.

"It is a difficult squad to lead, but he throughout his career and throughout his life also has always been able to face up to huge challenges," said Perez of his new coach.

The president and new manager will speak to the media once again today as preparations for his first game, which sees Deportivo La Coruna head for the capital on Saturday, begin in earnest.

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