Real Madrid’s former magic man in the midfield was unveiled last night as an ambassador for La Liga. During the ceremony, media was granted access to ask questions to the new inductees with Jose Maria Guti being asked about Zidane, Real Madrid, and his coaching aspirations.
“Is it my dream to coach Real Madrid? No. My dream is to be a coach, that’s all. Real Madrid is separate. When I speak of Real Madrid, I speak as a fan. I dream of being a coach, that’s it,” Guti stated. After a twitter post criticizing Zidane and the team in Paris, many felt Guti was possibly positioning himself for the Madrid job. Guti looked to clarify those statements, by commenting on Zidane’s body of work. “Nobody is going to do what Zidane has done as a coach at Real Madrid. It’s always hard to return to a team and, little by little, they’re improving”.
Questions soon turned to the former Madridista’s playing days, where he was asked, as so often is the case, about his back-heel assist to Benzema. “It’s true that I am always reminded of my back-heel assist to Benzema against Deportivo, but my favorite is another back-heel pass, which was to Zidane against Sevilla. But it is true, everywhere I go they remind me of it a lot,” he told reporters at the La Liga Ambassadors event.
It’s clear, Guti is eager to be handed the managerial role for a European club. After his resounding success with Real Madrid’s Juvenil A, there had been interest from second division sides, but instead Guti opted to take the assistant manager role at Besiktas. After his stint in Turkey, where the club was marred in controversy, Guti is now ready to take the reigns as first team coach elsewhere. Madrid fans will eagerly watch his development as a manager given he has already showed great promise.