A couple weeks ago, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho mentioned how he would like to have special advisor to the president Zinedine Zidane more with him and less with Florentino Perez.
Since Jose Mourinho gets what Jose Mourinho wants, he has already won this tug of war for over Zidane's companionship, albeit not in the traditional assistant-coach-on-the-bench way. From the AP:
Madrid director general Jorge Valdano says Zidane will help Mourinho “not with the technical work but by collaborating in a way that his experience is available to the coach and the team.”
Valdano says Zidane will be involved with Madrid’s Champions League games and “some” Spanish league matches. The 38-year-old will not be sitting on the sidelines during matches.
So, he won't have any part in the vague and general world of "technical work" but he will make his experience available to the team. Just not while sitting on the bench and only during Champions League matches and certain La Liga matches. That fall on Tuesdays or Sundays after 2 p.m. Against teams with the letter "x" in their name. Right.
There's no way of knowing exactly what this all means, so I'm just going to hope/assume it means he's coming back as a part-time player. Please?
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