Michel Platini has told L'Equipe that Zinedine Zidane is ready to become a coach as speculation links the 1998 World Cup-winner with Monaco.
Zidane is currently assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, but the 41-year-old has stated his ambition to take charge of a team himself.
While former Marseille coach Elie Baup said last month that the former two-time World Player of the Year would do well to take over at his hometown club, French media claim the former France international could replace Claudio Ranieri at the Stade Louis II this summer.
Though the Ligue 1 side, and Ranieri himself, have denied the rumours, UEFA president Platini believes the club would not be making a mistake in giving Zidane his first senior coaching role, and that the principality side would be a good fit for the former Bordeaux, Juventus and Madrid man.
"If Zinedine wants to be a coach, it's good to start with Monaco, which is a good club that has means," Platini said. "He has spent a year with Carlo Ancelotti at Real. So, he's ready. If he wants to do the job, he has to take the step. And if he wants to take charge of the French national team one day, it's better that he starts with a club.
"I have spoken to Zinedine, and I know that he wants to commit himself. He has a name, he's intelligent. He'll be a very good coach."