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 By Mark Rodden

Real Madrid Castilla boss Zinedine Zidane: Coaching my 'new battle'

The ESPN FC team debate Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez's decision to revert to the team's old format against Getafe.

Former France international Zinedine Zidane says he wanted to become a coach in order to get out of his comfort zone.

Zidane, 43, has started his coaching his career at Real Madrid, where he spent his final years as a player, first serving as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti before taking over the club's reserve side Real Madrid Castilla.

"After a career, you need to restart something, to write a new story," he told L'Equipe's weekend magazine Sport et Style

"I know a lot of people think...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Zinedine Zidane not looking to replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid boss

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez has put the club in a very bad position.
The ESPN FC crew discuss who should shoulder the blame for their poor performance, and eventual loss, against Barcelona.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari and ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Side Lowe analyse the fallout from El Clasico.

Zinedine Zidane has cooled speculation he could replace Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid boss following the 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona at the weekend.

Both Benitez and club president Florentino Perez have come under pressure in the local media after the Clasico, and Marca has reported that only five or six players want the coach to stay.

Real Madrid Castilla coach Zidane -- long touted as a future boss of the senior team -- has been suggested as an obvious replacement for Benitez, but the former France...

Real Madrid Castilla loan keeper Carlos Abad-Hernandez from Tenerife

Real Madrid Castilla have signed Spanish goalkeeper Carlos Abad-Hernandez on loan from CD Tenerife for the next two seasons.

Abad-Hernandez will work under coach Zinedine Zidane with Real's B side and play in Spain's Segunda Division B this season.

The 20-year-old, who has drawn comparisons with former Real keeper Iker Casillas, was promoted to Tenerife's first team last season, making nine appearances in the Segunda Division as Roberto's understudy.

Carlos Abad-Hernandez will play under Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane.

Real have reportedly been monitoring the...

Rafa Benitez consults Zinedine Zidane over Real Madrid youth

Rafa Benitez has been in touch with Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane to see which youngsters might join up with the seniors next year.

Former boss Carlo Ancelotti called up a number of youngsters to train with the squad last season, including defender Diego Llorente, midfielder Alvaro Medran and attackers Raul de Tomas and Borja Mayoral.

Teenage starlet Martin Odegaard, signed from Stromgodset in January, has always trained with the first team during the week and then played most weekends...

 By Ian Holyman

Zinedine Zidane staying put at Castilla despite Carlo Ancelotti exit

Zinedine Zidane has told RMC he will remain as Real Madrid Castilla coach next season despite the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.

Zidane saw his young side collapse late this term to miss out on promotion to Spain's second tier in what was his maiden campaign in sole charge of a team.

The former France captain spent the 2013-14 season in the dugout alongside Ancelotti as the Italian's assistant coach.

There is widespread speculation the club are grooming Zidane to eventually take charge of their senior...