Mourinho was Real Madrid's first choice, says ex-president Calderon

Zidane has talked of the possibility of training Mbappe. EFE

Mourinho was Real Madrid's first choice, says ex-president Calderon

"We know what they are like, but having said that the only thing in my head is the game tomorrow and nothing else".

Zinedine Zidane has set his sights on signing Sadio Mane and Paul Pogba to overhaul the Real Madrid team, according to a report in Spain. There are 11 matches left to play and I'm going to count on him.

"I never talked about whether I would want to return to the position and I think, in my opinion, this is a ideal solution".

The positive atmosphere will be reflected in the Bernabeu on Saturday with somewhere close to a full house, whereas in other circumstances we could have been looking at a lot of empty seats and although the fans will be looking for a home win, it is how Madrid play and who plays for Madrid which will be more important in the long run.

Asked whether he would like to coach France worldwide Mbappe at some point, Zidane said: "Like with all good players, I would love to".

The Spanish midfielder had been totally isolated by Santiago Solari, and wasn't even forcing his way into match squads, whilst Marcelo had lost his place as starting left-back.

Zidane has the pedigree to change the fortunes of Madrid as he face a similar challenge when he took over in 2016 when the team endured hard times under Rafa Benitez but was able to lead them to win nine titles in less than three years.

"I am not going to talk about someone who is not a Real Madrid player", he said.

"It's like the first day again", Zidane said. "I am excited to have a new adventure".

Zidane was also asked about Paris St Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after Real president Florentino Perez reportedly said earlier this week "I'd take them both".

Zidane then apparently demand the very best from his squad in their remaining games, despite essentially having nothing to play for.

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