New Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed his goal is to play "beautiful football" at Santiago Bernabeu, at his first press conference as the club's new coach.


Zidane - though an hour late to his scheduled media meeting on Tuesday afternoon - was presented as the club's new boss following Monday's sacking of Rafa Benitez. He took training with his players this morning and was introduced by Emilio Butragueño, according to the ​Mirror.

Addressing the press, Zidane said: "My first words were important for the players, bearing in mind that we trained in front of the fans. They were simple: I was really happy to be with them and a new adventure was starting.


"We have great goals but we will do everything to meet those goals."


He went on to confirm how he wanted his team to play, saying: "Good football, beautiful football, has always been important. It has to be offensive and balanced. We're going to work hard to be the best we can be on the pitch.

“It feels good (to be coach). Bear in mind that a coach is never prepared, but I’m motivated and excited and this is going to help everything work out okay.


“It’s a new stage for me, I’m going to have a new role but although I’ve had time to work on it, it’s going to be a challenge for me. A challenge I’m eager to take. I want to take advantage of this opportunity. I’m at the best team in the world and all I want is to win titles with this team.


“I want to perform with my players and win games, that’s it.


“What’s going to give me something, make me feel good, is winning matches. There are some people who are going to work with me, three or four people that will be my team and that’s that.”

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Zidane however doesn't feel that he has an advantage going into the job because of his status as a club legend.


When asked if that was the case, he said: “Not at all. The rule for the coach is to get results and that’s the same in my case. It’s what happened when I was playing here and now it’s a new stage in my career, one I’m excited about.


“Probably the attitude of the first-team players will be different because they’re experienced but the message I transmit to my players will be the same as with the second team. Hard work, the intensity that we are going to work with in each training session. That’s the message.”


On the specifics of his deal, Zidane revealed that there has been no confirmation over the length of the contract just yet: “We haven’t talked about the contract. The decision happened on Monday, they proposed that I took over the team and, of course, I accepted.”

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Zidane did reveal that Gareth Bale was upset with the decision to sack Benitez, but insisted the Welshman was extremely important to the club and he would look to get the best out of him in the coming months.


He said: “Gareth was disappointed with the sacking of Rafa because he was an important coach for him but I will treat him the same way Rafa did.


“He is an important player and a key player for the squad. He’s phenomenal and we’re going to give him all the care and support he needs.”

Emilio Butragueño also confirmed that Real had appointed the man they wanted to take charge very quickly, and insisted that Jose Mourinho was not a candidate to replace Rafa Benitez.


Butragueño said: “The answer is here. Zizou is here. We’re really happy that he is our new coach, and all the fans are excited about it like we are confident the players will achieve with him in charge.”


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