The legendary midfielder insists there is no nepotism involved when he chooses his son to play for his Real Madrid Castilla side
Zinedine Zidane says his son, Enzo, is given a place in the Real Madrid Castilla team on merit, not because of nepotism.
The 20-year-old has taken part in all seven of Madrid’s second string’s games this season as they bid to return to Spain’s second tier at the second time of asking.
He is yet to make an appearance for the first team, but he has been training with Rafael Benitez’s side during the latest international break.
But Zidane senior insists his eldest child is not reaping the benefits of his success.
“Enzo plays a lot, but only because he deserves to,” the Castilla coach said in an interview with L’Equipe .
“What I have to do, which is difficult, but I achieve it, is to make sure my son is just one more player in the dressing room. After, at home, he returns to being my son.
“But at the club I treat him like anyone else. That’s also what he wants.
“Maybe I am a little tougher with him, because I am demanding and because I know he can do better.”
Enzo is one of four brothers — Luca (17), Theo (13) and Elyaz (9) — all of whom are coming through the academy at the 10-time European champions.
Los Blancos legend Zidane, though, reckons having a famous father may actually prove a problem for them as they get older.
“Some will say they have it easier because they are my sons, but that is not the case,” he added.
“As you get older, you have to grow personally, and I think that will be more difficult for them because they are my sons.
“Football is different for youngsters now, with social networks, In my day, none of that existed. You were left in peace.
“We were lucky enough to be a bit more free to enjoy ourselves, to take advantage of life, to do our own things, to mess around.”