Zidane to scupper Cannavaro's Real Madrid dream
Fabio Cannavaro's hopes of becoming assistant manager at Real Madrid appear to have been scuppered after the club's president Florentino Perez hinted that Zinedine Zidane has been earmarked for the role.
Cannavaro, who spent two years at Madrid as a player, is currently technical consultant at UAE club Al Ahli, but has been linked with a coaching role at the Bernabeu should his fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti become the club’s new manager.
Ahli chairman Abdullah Al Nabooda has said he would not stand in Cannavaro's way should the 2006 World Cup-winner wish to return to the Spanish capital while the Italian has himself said he would "walk" to the Bernabeu to take up a post.
Zidane had initially been expected to become director of football with ex-Madrid defender Fernando Sanz calling it the "perfect" role for the Frenchman.
However, it seems Madrid have other ideas with Perez keen to give Zidane increased responsibility at the club as he prepares to usher in a new era following Jose Mourinho's departure.
"At this point we need a coach who really knows us, and the Italian Carlo Ancelotti knows us because four years ago I tried to sign him and couldn't," Perez told Spanish radio station EsRadio.
"If PSG will let him go, we are happy - and if not, (that's fine) too. But I think this issue will not last for much longer."
On Zidane, who won La Liga and the Champions League during his five years at the club, Perez continued: "What is certain is that Zidane wants to be a coach (but) I think you should not start directly with the Real Madrid first team. He himself does not want that.
"It could be that he serves as (Aitor) Karanka did for Mourinho (as assistant), or he could train one of the youth sides, but above all he's going to help us shape improvements to the squad for next season."
Meanwhile, Perez has again insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale despite speculation linking AS Monaco with a world record €100million bid for the 28-year-old, and instead is focusing on strengthening Madrid's squad.
"Anything that improves us, we will, but we do not have any players for sale," he said. "It's early June. There is plenty of time. Now have to sort the subject of the coach and then we'll talk about players [coming in].
"With me, people don't have to worry. If there is a great player, everyone knows I will try to sign him."