Zidane begins new role with Real Madrid

Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 08:46 AM IST

Madrid: Zinedine Zidane has begun his new job
working as a link between Real Madrid`s squad and club
president Florentino Perez.

The France great will not form part of Jose Mourinho`s
staff but will work with the Portuguese coach`s players on a
daily basis. Zidane will travel with the team for Champions
League matches, starting Tuesday against Ajax.

"I take on this new role with a lot of belief," Zidane
said. "It`s not a signing but to me it feels like one. I
intend to collaborate with the team, to be the go-between the
president and the squad."

Zidane said the role will be better defined going forward
"but the most important thing is I`ll be near the team."

Mourinho expects Zidane to be a "big help" as he will be
close to the players.

"Zidane is Zidane - so just that alone is positive,"
Mourinho said. "Zidane`s only going to bring positive
qualities. The players know about his qualities as a football
player and a person. He`ll be able to be close to them and
that will help establish a relationship that will be very good
for them."

Zidane, who played five seasons for Madrid, won the 1998
World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France.

His memorable volleyed goal against Bayer Leverkusen led
Madrid to its record ninth, and last, European Cup eight years
ago.

Bureau Report