Football icon Zinedine Zidane said he had no preference which national team his sought-after son Enzo played for, as a potential tug-of-war between France and Spain over the 15-year-old gathered momentum.
Enzo, named after Zidane’s hero, the former Uruguay star 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, former World Cup winner Zinedine said he would decide which side his son plays for when the teen is called up.
Although the French Football Federation has yet to openly declare its interest in Marseille-born Zidane’s son, reigning World Cup champions Spain appear ready to put in the first claim. Gines Melendez, coordinator of the under-16 side and coach of Spain’s under-17 side, told French television station TF1 he planned to call up Enzo, whose mother is Spanish, for the under-16 side.
“We will select him for Spain. We intend to talk to his father and to call him for the month of October,” he said.
Zidane, who retired after his last season with Real and the 2006 World Cup and lives in Madrid with his family, 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,” Zidane, who ended his international career by planting a headbutt on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, said.
Asked about his son’s skills, he admitted he may have passed on a trick or two: “It’s true, when I see the tricks and dribbles he does I can see a bit of myself.”