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Theo Zidane: Continuing the Zidane legacy at Real Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti’s list for the Napoli clash includes a notable surname, Theo Zidane, marking the next chapter in the Zidane legacy at Real Madrid.

Theo, the third son of Zinedine Zidane, is poised to become the third offspring of Zizou to have the opportunity to debut with the first team. His elder brothers, Enzo and Luca, have already achieved this feat, debuting under their father’s coaching tenure.

The Zidane football saga doesn’t end here; there’s a fourth in the pipeline – Elyaz, the youngest, currently playing in Arbeloa’s Juvenil A team.

Theo Zidane: Player Profile

At 21 years old, Theo is a midfielder with versatility to also play as a pivot. Standing tall at 1.96 meters, his physical presence allows him to operate as a box-to-box midfielder.

Theo is in his third season with Castilla, having joined the club in 2010 at the Benjamín B level. His journey through La Fábrica showcases his development at every level.

Theo’s presence in first-team training has been consistent since his first session with the senior squad in October 2019, under the management of his father, Zinedine.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic-hit season, Theo played a role in securing the Youth League, contributing to the team’s success, although he didn’t join Raúl in the final phase.

Debuts of the Other Zidane Jr.

The eldest, Enzo (28), currently without a team after last season with Fuenlabrada, made his debut in 2016 during a Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa.

He scored in that game and made two more appearances in that edition of the tournament but didn’t feature again for the first team.

Luca (25) got his chance in the last La Liga match of the 17-18 season against Villarreal and played another game in March 2019 against Huesca, both at the Bernabéu.

Following stints at Racing de Santander and Rayo Vallecano, Luca is now in his second season with Eibar.

Youth Surge: Six Academy Players in the Squad

In light of the injury crisis affecting Real Madrid, Ancelotti has turned to the youth academy. Alongside Theo Zidane, the list includes Mario Martín, Nico Paz, Gonzalo, and goalkeepers Fran and Lucas Cañizares.

With Modric sidelined, Ancelotti has only four midfielders available for four positions.

Ancelotti’s second tenure has seen the debut of eight academy players: Latasa, Gila, Sergio Santos, Peter, Mario Martín, Álvaro Rodríguez, Nico Paz, and Gonzalo.

As injuries test the squad’s depth, the emergence of young talents offers a glimpse into the future of Real Madrid.

Source: Diario AS

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