Zidane should be closer to the pitch, says Mourinho

Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 09:25 AM IST

Madrid: Former France great Zinedine Zidane should be closer to the pitch at Real Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho said on Sunday.

Zidane, the three-times world player of the year who retired after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup final, is a special advisor to Real president Florentino Perez.

"I would like to have him more with me and less with the president," Mourinho, who joined Real during the close season, told a French TV channel.

Zidane, however, has repeatedly said he does not want to become a manager.

"I don`t think he wants to become a coach but I would still like to have him with me," said Portuguese Mourinho.

Bureau Report