France great Zinedine Zidane will manage the Real Madrid reserve team Castilla next season, the Spanish giants announced on Wednesday.
The former France captain, whose stellar career includes 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs, worked as first team coach Carlo Ancelotti's deputy last season, helping Real lift a 10th European title.
"Zizou... will start a new stage of his career at Real Madrid," Real said on their website (www.realmadrid.com).
"Zidane will be joined by youth coach Santiago Sanchez and has already started working on future plans for the reserve team squad."
The appointment ends speculation concerning reports that the 42-year-old was about to return to his former club Bordeaux to take up his first managerial role.
Zidane also represented Juventus before joining Real Madrid in 2001 for a then-world-record fee of $66 million and finished his playing career at the club, where he is expected to take over the managerial role at some point in the future.
Zidane will be expected to guide Castilla back into the second division of the Spanish football league from where they were recently relegated.