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Zizou Ascends, CR7 Stays, No To Neymar

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, says the club does not yet know who their new manager will be after Jose Mourinho leaves, but that Zinedine Zidane will be at the heart of Los Blancos’ future.

The French legend played for Real Madrid from 2001 until 2006. He has been ‘director of football’ at the Bernabeu for the past two seasons, but nobody really knows what he has actually been doing in that role.

What ‘Zizou’ has done recently is work on his coaching badges, and Perez believes he will manage Los Blancos in the future.

But for now, when a new manager is appointed, Zidane will take on a more hands-on role in Real Madrid’s development.

"We don't know who will be the new coach," Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Tuesday.

"But we want this new sporting project to be lead by Zidane.

"I hope one day he will be coach. When we choose the coach, the new person and him [Zidane] will analyse the team so we can take a qualitative step forward.

"We have a magnificent team. All I can say is that we will improve by signing the best.

"I have thought about two players and some more from the youth team. We will see what the coach and Zidane say."

Perez also insisted that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not be leaving the club, despite reports of a big-money offer from PSG.

The president has hinted that Real will make Ronaldo the best paid player on the planet again, in order to keep him happy.

And Perez also says that when push came to shove, Los Blancos were not prepared to compete with Barcelone in the high-stakes and complicated race to sign Brazil star Neymar.

Regarding CR7, Perez explained: "He told me in the summer he was sad and I told him we would do everything possible for him to be content.

"I don't know if he has an offer from PSG. I think Cristiano is the best player in the world. We want to build the Madrid of the future around him and I would like Cristiano to be the best paid player in the world."

And in relation to Real’s ultimately fruitless game of chicken with Barca over Neymar, Perez added: "If we had been able to sign Neymar without altering the eco-system of the club we would have, but there were too many conditions attached.

"It would have cost us €150 million. I don't know how much it cost Barcelona."

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