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Marseille boss Michel backs himself as future Real Madrid coach

The ESPN FC crew discuss Real Madrid's lack of improvement since Rafa Benitez's exit and Zinedine Zidane's appointment.

Ex-Real Madrid midfielder and current Marseille manager Michel, says he sees himself capable of coaching his former team, as speculation continues that current boss Zinedine Zidane could be replaced next summer.

Zidane took over from Rafa Benitez less than two months ago, however the weekend's painful 0-1 home defeat to neighbours Atletico Madrid has opened up questions over the Frenchman's long-term future in the position.

Controversial comments from Cristiano Ronaldo at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after Saturday's game, alongside chants against club president Florentino Perez from fans during the second half, have added to a sense that the summer could bring further upheaval at the club.

Michel told radio show Al Primer Toque that he felt he could do the job, if asked.

"I want to remain prudent, but I feel capable of doing the job," Michel said.

"I see other teammates who do it, and I feel I could too.

"I want Real Madrid to win many games, and if this happens then it is difficult to get the job.

"From my generation Schuster, Hugo Sanchez and Buyo are the coaches -- Schuster has already been at Real Madrid. Who knows?"

Michel feels he would be just as capable of leading Real Madrid as previous teammates.

Michel's Marseille side are currently 13th in the Ligue 1 standings, following his inconsistent spells in charge at Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid's Castilla B team, Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiakos.

"To say that Zidane could last a long time at Real Madrid is like predicting the lottery numbers," the Madrid-born former midfielder said, when asked how long Zidane would remain in the job. "It's difficult to say what will happen with coaches."

Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde has also emerged in the Spanish and Catalan press as surprise candidate for the Madrid post next season.

After being awarded the 'Honourary Antonin' prize by Spanish magazine Panenka, the ex-Barcelona winger and Valencia, Espanyol, Villarreal and Olympiakos coach told reporters that he was not going to comment on media speculation about him leaving his current job.

"I'm happy with this award, but I don't know why you're asking me about this," Valverde said. "Only the media know why the media print such things. My team is Athletic."

Diego Torres also wrote for El Pais that Madrid executives spoke to Jose Mourinho's camp last January about the Portuguese returning to the Bernabeu next summer, but that interest had been used by his representatives to push through a pre-contract deal with Manchester United.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is another reportedly being considered as a potential Madrid coach, however Perez reportedly does not wish to negotiate with Spurs president Daniel Levy, following the difficulties during Gareth Bale's long-drawn out move to the Bernabeu in summer 2013.

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