Zidane's confession: I have one fear... that my children turn into little idiots

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Marca.com

Zidane's confession: I have one fear... that my children turn into little idiots

French journalist Frederic Hermel has revealed a number of anecdotes that have come from spending so much time with Zinedine Zidane.

Hermel reported on Zidane's every move after his move to Real Madrid in 2001 and has now written a book about the current Los Blancos boss.

Among many interesting stories, Hermel tells of the personal conversation he had with Zidane on a plane.

"One anecdote, which he told me when I was on a plane with [Alfredo] Di Stefano and Zidane after the Ballon d'Or ceremony, left me stunned," Hermel writes in the book, called 'Zidane'.

"We spoke about life and he said to me: 'I have one fear... that my children turn into little idiots'.

"I saw the fear of a super-famous father who wanted to protect and educate values to his children.

"He goes to parents' evenings at school like a normal father, he's dad Zidane."

Zidane was a magnificent player, but is he an even better coach?

"It's one of the theories of my book: Zidane is going to be a better coach than he was a player," Hermel says.

"He has time. He's won 10 trophies in four years and he's only 48.

"He still has to progress."

Hermel also touches on how Zidane's coaching career might and will progress.

"It's like a priesthood, he's the first to arrive at Valdebebas and he's the last to leave," the journalist writes.

"He will have a break [after leaving Real Madrid] and he'll be the head coach of France.

"He wants to enjoy each day and what he likes if going to Valdebebas every day.

"He likes being with the players and, until he gets bored, he'll continue coaching.

"Zidane is a big Marseille fan.

"I don't see him at PSG. I do see him at other historic clubs like Juventus or maybe Bayern [Munich].

"But Zidane never thinks about the future."

Taking the Bayern job would see Zidane follow in the footsteps of a close friend of his - Pep Guardiola.

"Zidane is a football man," Hermel says.

"When he was doing his coaching badges, he spent three days watching Pep in Munich.

"He has a very good relationship with Guardiola."

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