Casemiro: ‘I still get nervous when I talk to Zinedine Zidane’

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says he is still in awe of his manager Zinedine Zidane as he still ‘gets nervous’ every time he talks to him. The 28-year-old midfielder joined the Spanish giants seven years ago and has established himself as one of the best defending midfielders in the world. And even though he works with Zidane every day, Casemiro still idolizes the former France football legend.

“Even today I get a little nervous talking to him,” Casemiro told The Guardian. “I tell him he doesn’t know what he meant for us, for me. Yeah, I tell him that: you took ‘98 [World Cup] away but it didn’t change anything. Also, knowing him now, I can say he deserves it. He’s incredible: the humility, how he expresses football. He treats us with so much affection and love.”

“He’s very insistent; he always, always says: ‘Case, you can do more: arrive from the second line, feed midfielders, bring the ball out cleanly.’ This year, maybe I’ve had more protagonism with the ball, but I still know my job: rob the ball, give it to my team-mates. But Zizou is pesado, heavy going: always talking to me, wanting more. He says: ‘I’m not asking you to do something you can’t do; I’m asking you to do something you can.’ He trusts me a lot.”