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 By Ian Holyman

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane tipped for France job by FFF president

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.

Zidane, 44, led Madrid to the Liga title and became the first man to retain the Champions League earlier this month, capping a remarkable 18 months in charge at the Bernabeu in his first senior coaching role.

Le Graet told RMC that Zidane, a former France captain who played 108 times for Les Bleus and won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a player, will likely one day harbour hopes of leading his nation once again from the dugout. 

"It's the logical follow-on. It's probable that one day he will have the ambition of doing that," Le Graet said. "For the moment, I think he still has a lot to contribute to Real and the club's way of life suits him perfectly."

Zinedine Zidane has won two Champions League titles and La Liga as Real Madrid coach.

Prior to succeeding Rafael Benitez at Madrid in January 2016, it had been reported that Zidane could make his senior coaching bow at Bordeaux, the club where he made his reputation as a player in the 1990s.

Instead, after being Carlo Ancelotti's assistant, he took over Madrid's reserve team before stepping into Benitez's shoes to great effect.

"I can't believe what he's done," Le Graet said. "I talked to him two or three years ago, and really encouraged him to go to Bordeaux or elsewhere, to start his career at a Ligue 1 club or a more humble one."

He added: "He's done it with players who aren't easy to deal with. In any case, you can see they like him, that his style of play suits them, that he makes changes at the right time. He's really someone who has fulfilled his mission."

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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