Zidane hunts talent

first_imgDAILY AS Fede ValverdeThe signing of Fede Valverde by Real Madrid, when he was a player project in Peñarol (17 years old), for only 5 million euros, it is not necessary to point it out to Zidane. But in his chest there will be the medal of having dared with him, making him a starter at Real Madrid with only 21 years old and in a midfield with Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro. Valverde has been a player who has always filled Zidane’s eye. So when the coach returned to Chamartín last year nine months after his fright, he had no doubts. “You are not on trial. I like the player you are “, he said in a private conversation. That instilled confidence in a Bird that has mutated into an octopus, ubiquitous in the field and a balance insurance for the team. At just 21 years old, he has been screwed into the Bernabéu average. Another Zidane hit. HazardHazard signed this summer for Real Madrid. The white club paid 100 million to Chelsea although the Belgian could arrive at the Bernabéu much earlier, and cheaper thanks to the smell of Zizou. Since 2009, when he returned to the club to initially serve as Florentino Pérez’s advisor, the person from Marseille has not stopped sending continuous messages to the club advising the hiring of the Belgian. “I would take Hazard to Madrid with my eyes closed,” he declared in 2009. But it would not be until 2010 when he officially recommended Florentino to take over the talented attacker. At the time, the player was 19 years old and dazzled at Lille. The council did not have the expected result by Zizou and Hazard, after being chosen twice the best player in France, ended up at Chelsea (2012).Seven years and a multitude of winks later (“After Cristiano and Messi, Eden is the one I like the most. It is spectacular to see him play,” said Zidane in 2015), the Belgian, in the prime of his career, landed at the Bernabéu. Injuries have embittered his first season in white, but nobody at the club (and Zidane least) doubts that he will turn the Bernabéu upside down.VaraneVarane was undoubtedly one of the great discoveries of the ‘scout’ Zidane. He was the one who put Madrid on the track of a very young central defender from Lens (he was 18 years old) and proposed to Florentino his signing. At that time, the French acted as adviser to the president in the club. “He has the mettle of Blanc, it is not easy to find,” said Zidane days before Madrid made the signing official for only 10 million euros. The recommendation turned out to be a complete success. In nine years at Real Madrid, Varane has gone from project to non-negotiable (not without passing uncertain stages with his future): He has become a pillar in the defense, along with Sergio Ramos, and one of the most respected voices in the dressing room. Zidane smells the talent. He has a nose to detect it and put Madrid on the track. His last recommendation was Eduardo Camavinga, a crack project that with only 17 years old is marveling at the French league. Rennes midfielder, with whom he has a contract until 2021, has already debuted with the French national team and his name is already circulating at the Bernabéu. But before he already warned about Mbappé, Varane or Hazard … In addition, he dared to bet on Fede Valverde (21 years old), whom he hugged and gave him the keys to Madrid’s midfield. Zidane was not only uncovered as one of the best coaches in the history of Madrid but also as an excellent scout. And it doesn’t usually fail …MbappéMbappé is now 21 years old and is the wish of Florentino Pérez. All signs are directed at him, although the coronavirus crisis leaves the final assault to sign the PSG crack for next year. The operation will make him scratch Madrid’s pocket, although Zidane already warned that this boy who was a militant in the Monaco quarry had something special. The coach has spent more than seven years cooking the arrival of the Frenchman at the Bernabéu.In 2012, Zizou He recommended Madrid to tie him up. Son of a soccer coach and a handball player, that young man of only 13 years old was visiting Valdebebas. There are even images of him posing with Cristiano Ronaldo as one more fan. But in the end there was no agreement and Kylian joined the lower categories of Monaco. “I did not join Real Madrid because I wanted to continue in my country, I did not want to leave so early. I chose Monaco and I think I made a good choice”, the player confessed last October. It took five years for Zidane, already as Real Madrid’s head coach, to reinforce the club again to undertake the hiring of Mbappé. It was in 2017, when the French pearl, then only 18 years old, became a success in Europe with her performances in Monaco and in the Champions League. The Chamartín club opened negotiations with the player and his family, but the non-departure of Bale, for whom Mourinho sighed, made Mbappé look out of place and preferred to leave PSG for 180 million. In three seasons his figure has acquired star dimensions, he has fattened his record (two leagues, a Cup, a Super Cup and a League Cup) and has settled in the selection, with which he has won a World Cup. The challenge of taking a bigger leap appears on its horizon and Madrid appears there … DAILY AS (DAILY AS)last_img read more