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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Enzo Zidane trains with Real first team

ESPNsoccernet staff

Enzo Zidane, the 16-year-old son of France legend Zinedine, was invited to train publicly with the Real Madrid first-team for the first time on Tuesday.

Named after one of his father's heroes, former Uruguay international Enzo Francescoli, Zidane Jnr has been on the books at the Bernabeu for a number of years and currently plays in the club's Cadete A (Under-17) team.

The midfielder, who operates in a similar position to his dad, has been predicted to emulate Zidane Snr and play for the Real first team, with former sorting director Jorge Valdano previously claiming that "he is really his father printed on the pitch".

Enzo played in front of Jose Mourinho and alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Mesut Ozil on Tuesday, with Real's official website stating that he "perfectly adapted to the group" and confirming that his father - now the club's first-team director - watched on from the sidelines.

However, the odds would appear to be stacked against Zidane Jnr making it into the Real first team on a permanent basis, as the club have struggled to bring through youngsters in recent years - Iker Casillas the only notable example of a player who has been promoted straight into the senior side and subsequently cemented his place.

Real president Florentino Perez made the intergration of academy players into the first team an intergal part of the club's transfer policy - labelled 'Zidanes y Pavones' after expensive French maestro Zinedine and young academy graduate Francisco - during his first spell as Bernabeu chief, though it failed to deliver the club regular success.




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