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Nadal backs Zidane as Madrid coach

Rafael Nadal (AFP)
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

Doha - Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal on Tuesday backed the controversial appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the Spanish side's new coach, saying it would be good for the club.

Speaking to reporters after his first round victory in the Qatar Open over fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, Nadal said he wished the Frenchman the "best of luck".

"It's obvious that he's good, I think, for the players. He's good for... one of the most important clubs of the world, Real Madrid have somebody like him on the bench managing the club, and I am happy for him," he said. 

"I know him. He's a good person and humble person, and I think he deserve to be where he is today. 

"I wish him the best of luck."

Nadal added that Zidane was part of the "history of Real Madrid".

Zidane was appointed as coach at Madrid on Monday, following the sacking of Rafa Benitez after just seven months in charge.

Real Madrid are currently third in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

The tennis star added that he felt "very sorry" for Benitez.

"It's tough to start a new project and after a few months go out, so I feel very sorry for him.

"But if the feeling is needs a change, I think Zidane is the perfect position today."

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