Redknapp: Zidane can be Real’s Dalglish

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 12:11 - Matthew Stead

Harry Redknapp believes Zinedine Zidane could emulate Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish at Real Madrid.

Zidane was appointed as Rafael Benitez’s replacement at Real until the end of the season after the Spaniard was sacked just seven months into his reign.

Frenchman Zidane enjoyed a stellar spell at Real during his playing career, winning six trophies in five years at the Santiago Bernabeu. He then became manager of the club’s second team, Real Madrid Castilla, in summer 2014, before his appointment as first-team boss.

Redknapp believes that such an ascent is reminiscent of that Kenny Dalglish had at Liverpool, where he became player-manager in 1985, enjoying huge success.

“It’s a little bit like Kenny Dalglish,” Redknapp told Paulo Di Canio’s Italian show House of Football. “Kenny finished playing at Liverpool. When he finished playing he was player-manager for one year before he became manager. And he did a fantastic job at Liverpool. Zidane has a big chance.

“He’s been working with the B team, he was a fantastic player, he has great players to go and work with so I don’t see any reason why he can’t do a great job there.

“When you have [Gareth] Bale, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Luka] Modric, [Karim] Benzema and all these top players I don’t think it’s so difficult for him. They would respect him so I’m sure he has a great chance to do well.”

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