Double delight for Zidane: French coach of the year; Madrid contract

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The Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is in news for all good reasons for himself. In a double delight, the former French midfielder has been voted the French Coach of the Year while also getting an extended contract with his Spanish top division club till 2020.

Zidane’s grand success which saw him winning five trophies with Real Madrid has earned his the French Coach of the Year award for the second successive year. Zidane has guided the Madrid-based club to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup victories in 2017 as well as their Champions League title defense, which made Real Madrid the first club to bag two successive title wins.

Zidane, also named Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017, outvoted French national team head coach Didier Deschamps and Ligue 1 club Lyon’s manager Bruno Genesio for the French honour.

Zidane and Real Madrid reportedly have also reached an agreement, which will see him extend his stay at the Spanish club through the 2020 season.

Zidane on Wednesday has himself confirmed that he has signed a contract extension which will keep him with the European champions for the next three seasons.

“It (the contract) is signed,” the French international had confirmed after Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with Numancia. He has also taken to Twitter to express that his club is in a strong position and his contract with the club stands extended.

The former French midfielder, who played an attacking game, has been named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and has also won the 1998 Ballon d’Or. He had the honour of representing France in 1998, 2002 and 2004 FIFA World Cup finals. The team has won 1998 crown and played the final in 2006.