Zidane made special adviser to Real Madrid first team

Former French international Zinedine Zidane is seen during his visit to the French squad before their opening Euro 2012 qualifiers at Clairefontaine near Paris September 1, 2010. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

MADRID (Reuters) - Former France great Zinedine Zidane has been appointed as a special adviser to Real Madrid’s first team.

“Zidane will be readily available to the president and coach for all matters concerning Real Madrid’s first team with whom he will keep in frequent contact,” the Spanish league leaders said on their website ( on Friday.

“He will participate in Champions League events and functions. He will also travel with the team on a regular basis ... and will participate in pre-match gatherings, training sessions and meetings with the head coach (Jose Mourinho).”

Mourinho made an appeal last month for the former Real midfielder to work more closely with the team, rather than operating as an adviser to club president Florentino Perez.

Zidane, a triple world player of the year, retired after being sent off in the 2006 World Cup final.

Writing by Mark Elkington, editing by Tony Jimenez