Zidane: I see myself in my son
Zinedine Zidane has revealed he has no preference which national team his sought-after son Enzo commits himself to, as a potential France versus Spain tug-of-war over the 15-year-old gathered momentum.
Zidane Jr, named after his father's boyhood hero, Uruguayan legend Enzo Francescoli, was born in France but has spent the past nine years in the Spanish capital, where he is already a star of Real Madrid's youth team.
Earlier this month, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year said he would decide which country his son pledges his allegiance to when he receives his first call-up. And Spain, the reigning world champions, appear ready to put in the first claim.
Gines Melendez, the coordinator of Spain's U-16 side, told French television station TF1 he planned to select Enzo. "We will select him for Spain," he said. "We intend to talk to his father and to call him for the month of October."
Senior La Roja coach Vicente del Bosque said today he saw nothing wrong with Enzo, whose mother is Spanish, playing for the Iberian nation's U-16s. "If he deserves it, why not?" the 59-year-old told reporters, adding he "had no idea" what Melendez planned to do.
Zidane, who retired after his last season at Real and the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, still lives in Madrid with his family. He reiterated that he still would not choose sides. "As it stands, he hasn't been called up by either country and it's better like that," the 38-year-old told TV5 Monde.
Asked about his son's skills, Zizou, who played a pivotal role in helping France win the FIFA World Cup in 1998, admitted he may have passed on a thing or two. "When I see the tricks and dribbles he does, I can see a bit of myself," he said.