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May, 15, 2009

Zidane backs Galacticos architect for election win

Zinedine Zidane has backed Florentino Perez, the architect of Real Madrid's Galacticos era to bring the good times back to the Bernebeu if he is elected as club president for a second time.

Perez announced his candidacy on Thursday and is already overwhelming favourite to assume power at the Bernabeu when the elections are held in June.

The 62-year-old businessman previously held the position between 2000-06 and in 2001 set a new world transfer fee record by sanctioning on €66m deal to sign Zidane from Juventus, and the former France playmaker is excited at his possible return.

"If Florentino becomes president that can only be good for Real Madrid," he told Marca."It would be good for the image of the club and get them back to where they should be.

"There is a lot to do but Florentino will bring in the best players in the world."

There have been suggestions Perez would appoint Zidane in some form of advisory role at the Bernabeu but the 36-year-old three-time FIFA World Player of the Year insists he has not yet been approached.

"It's more important that he returns," insisted Zidane. "I have remained in contact with him but we must wait to see if I come back. There is no deal in place currently."

Madrid are set to relinquish their Primera Division crown over the weekend with arch-rivals Barcelona needing just a point from their trip to Real Mallorca on Sunday to take the trophy.

And Zidane is disappointed at how far Los Merengues have fallen behind the Catalan side.

"It hurts me to see how far clear Barcelona have gone," he added. "I am a Madrid fan but it's fair to say Barcelona have never played so well. That's why Florentino's return would be good news."

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