Zidane quits Real Madrid
Zidane quits Real Madrid

Luca Zidane, son to the Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has joined Second division Racing Santander on a one-year loan deal.

On 9th July, his former employers, Real Madrid confirmed that the player would not be assured of a starting position this season due to availability of a younger and better shot-stopper in Thibaut Courtois.

Luca was born in Marseille and is the son of the FIFA World Cup-winning French footballer and current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and his wife Veronique Fernández. He is the second of four brothers.

Him, together with Enzo, Theo, and Elyaz are all footballers who developed at the youth academy of Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper is a product of the club’s youth system, Luca joined the Real Madrid youth academy at the age of six in 2004. He worked his way up from the academy, eventually joining Castilla, the reserve team.

Luca made his professional debut for Real Madrid when his father was a manager in their last league game of the 2017–18 season: a 2–2 La Liga tie with Villarreal CF on 19th May 2018.

During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, he was the third-choice goalkeeper, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.

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He now joins Racing Santander for the 2019–20 season on loan from the Spanish giants.

Born in France and of Algerian and Spanish descent, Luca is a youth international for France. He represented the France U17s in their winning campaign at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, and the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Luca had 46 appearances in Real Madrid B and only 2 for Real Madrid senior team with only one victory, a 3-2 win against Huesca.

Meanwhile, his brother Enzo, 24, is a free agent having been released by Swiss second-tier outfit Lausanne-Sport earlier this month.

By John Dalton Kigozi