Zidane: 6,000 Real Madrid fans watch first training session

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As many as 6,000 fans watched the Real Madrid squad train at the club’s Valdebebas base for the first time under new boss Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman and club legend, 43, was appointed on Monday, following the sacking of Rafael Benitez.zd

Zidane, a World Cup winner, had been responsible for Real’s B side prior to his promotion.


His first game in charge of the first team will be Saturday’s clash with Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu.

Zidane’s appointment has generated a mixed response from past Real players and managers.


“Does it get any better than this??” wrote former England captain David Beckham on his Instagram account.

“A man that has been the best at a game we all love taking over a club that myself and many more people love.”zdddd


Beckham praised Zidane’s “drive” and “passion”, adding that he “does not accept failure on any level” and is the “best person for the job”.

But former Real manager John Toshack said his old club were taking a risk by making the Frenchman boss.

“Zidane was a terrific player, but his managerial experience is zero,” Toshack told BBC Radio Wales.zzd

“It is a last throw of the dice for President Florentino Perez. He idolises Zidane and always has done. If this one doesn’t come off, there will be changes at the top.”


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