Zinedine Zidane drops sensational Juventus hint as Real Madrid boss says Serie A giants 'always important to me'

ZINEDINE ZIDANE dropped a huge hint he wants to manage Juventus.

The Real Madrid boss confessed the Italian giants will 'always be important to me'.

Zidane, 48, spent five seasons as a player with the Old Lady between 1996 and 2001.

And asked whether he missed Italy and would return there as a manager, he certainly did not rule it out.

The Frenchman said: "Italy is always in the heart. Juve has always been important to me.

"I don't know (laughs). For now I'm here. Let's see."

Current Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is fighting for his job with the reigning Serie A champions fourth in the table, 12 points adrift of leaders Inter, and dumped out of the Champions League by Porto.

Zidane hung up his boots in 2006 before returning to Real Madrid in an advisory role.

He then became sporting director in 2011 and two years later, assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti.

After 18 months in charge of the Real Madrid Castilla, Zidane took on the role of first-team head coach in January 2016 and famously won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues.


The 1998 Ballon d'Or winner quit in May 2018 but was back in the Bernabeu dugout within ten months and boasts an impressive overall record of 166 wins in 251 matches.

He made the comments on Tuesday night following the first leg of Real's Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool.

Two goals from Vinicius Junior and a Marco Asensio strike saw Los Blancos to a 3-1 win in Madrid.

And unsurprisingly Zidane was full of praise for his team, especially the goalscorers.

He added to Sky Italia: "We can be happy with the game we played but there is a return and we have to finish the job.

"But, I repeat, we can be happy with tonight's race because we ran a complete race.

"I'm happy for Vinicius because he has missed the goal a bit. He scored two tonight and it's big to score in the Champions League. I'm happy for him and for the team.

"Asensio has scored four games [in a row]. For us it is very important to create for scoring chances and to score. Tonight we did it. We could have scored even more goals."

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