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

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 that I'm someone who doesn't talk enough, and they must ask themselves how I can be a manager when I speak so little. To be a manager, it's my new battle so as not to stay in my comfort zone.

"With the name that I have, I'm obviously putting myself in danger on the bench. When you look at the problem from that angle, you should never be a manager. But I don't look at it that way."

Zinedine Zidane has said his only focus at the moment is Real Madrid Castilla.

The former Juventus midfielder said his great quality as a player was seeing the game more quickly than most, but he feels that his main challenge as a manager will be people expecting him to be as good at that as he was on the field.

Zidane, who said last month he was not looking to replace Rafa Benitez as Madrid boss, said: "For the moment, my ambition is to manage -- and to manage well -- Castilla.

"Full stop -- nothing more. To be with my players, to develop them and to grow with them. I love what I do. It's difficult but it's good."

Zidane's four sons are all at the Spanish club too. Enzo, 20, is the eldest and captain of Real Madrid Castilla, while Luca, 17, drew unfortunate comparisons with his father when he was sent off in a game for the club's under-17 side.

Zidane senior won the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League in a glittering career as a player.

As a result, he acknowledges that it will be hard for his children to live up to the expectation that comes for players who bear what has become a legendary surname.

"They have a name that's more difficult to carry than it was for me," he told Sport et Style. "When you bear a name like mine, you could think that everything is a lot easier but it's a lot harder in reality.

"And then there's obviously a genetic link. Seeing the way my children touch the ball -- yes, it's inevitable -- they have something genetic in terms of football.

"When I watch them play, there is a resemblance to me -- it's undeniable. Almost an imitation."

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