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Roberto Carlos Reportedly Set to Join Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Youth Setup

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 3:  Ronaldo (unseen) of Real Madrid celebrates with teammates Roberto Carlos (Above) and Zinedine Zidane after scoring a goal against Getafe during the Primera Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe on December 3, 2005 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

A second former Galactico will be assuming coaching duties at Real Madrid, as reports claim Robert Carlos will return to the Bernabeu to join Zinedine Zidane's revolution. 

J.F. Diaz and S. Siguero of Marca reported the popular Brazilian is returning "home" to take charge of tasks at youth level, but he will liaise between the newly installed first-team coach and Los Blancos' burgeoning talent.

Diaz and Siguero wrote:

Roberto Carlos will perform a variety of tasks with the youth levels, although his work will be focused on the technical and educational areas. He will assist with their training and also help to instil Real Madrid's values. In principle, his work will be limited to the academy and there are no plans for him to get involved with the first team, at least for the time being.

MADRID, Spain:  Real Madrid's Zindedine Zidane (L) and Roberto Carlos arrive for the premiere of 'Real, The Film' at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, 24 August 2005. The film which will be out in Spain 26 August is a mixture of fiction and reality
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The former world-class full-back played for 11 years in the Spanish capital and won three UEFA Champions League trophies during his tenure between 1996 and 2007, per Diaz and Siguero.

Carlos was team-mates with Zidane from 2001 through 2006, as the first incarnation of the Galacticos manifested itself. The pair featured with Luis Figo, David Beckham and Brazil icon Ronaldo, as president Florentino Perez stamped his mark on the era. 

The 42-year-old will join Madrid after a period as player-manager for Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos. 

Here is a video of one of Carlos' most memorable moments during his career, when he scored one of the greatest free-kicks of all time. 

Carlos was previously named in FIFA's 100 greatest living footballers list in 2004, announced to celebrate the centenary of world football's governing body, per the Guardian.

Despite his return to Los Blancos, Carlos recently told Qatar website SC.qa (h/t FIFA's official website) Barcelona's Neymar would soon become the best player in the world. However, the Brazilian was quick to praise Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and also talked about his future coaching ambitions:

Cristiano, Cristiano Ronaldo. Nobody strikes the ball like him. I used to hit it with the outside of my foot or the instep, but Cristiano hits it with the front part, which makes the ball dip quickly.

[...]

If I do a good job at the club where I am now, I’m sure there’ll be a lot of clubs who want Roberto Carlos as a coach. I’m a modern coach when it comes to training. I pick a lot of things up and I watch a lot of training sessions and follow a lot of leagues around the world. I’m taking things slowly, though.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 17:  Zinedine Zidane manager of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sporting Gijon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 17, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Carlos also spoke in depth about the appointment of Zidane at Madrid and advised caution after a great start in the hot seat for the legendary Frenchman.

The former left-back also described Zidane's mentality and gave an insight into what he believes Los Blancos need at present, per SC.qa:

The experience he picked up at Castilla was important, but the first team is a different thing altogether. He’s started very well and he’s got some very smart people around him. They’re going to help him. All I can do is wish him the very best of luck because everything he did in the game was just phenomenal. He always won matches and titles. That’s Zizou’s mentality. I think they (the players) have to forget about what’s been happening lately. With Zidane it’s a happy team, one that’s having fun on the pitch. Everyone’s getting along with each other and it’s a team that listens to Zizou when he talks. The fans need to be a little bit patient because he has to build the team around the players he trusts. And from there the titles will start to come.

There is a sense that Perez is reconvening past influences from old to push a philosophy that was successful over a decade ago.

Carlos has very little experience as a coach, but he has the principles of a Real Madrid man that knows the expectations of the Spanish giants.

The Brazilian could be viewed as a future successor of Zidane's if he thrives during his second stay at Real, and the move would be popular with Madridistas, who always backed Carlos when he played for the team.

Madrid want to readdress the balance in La Liga and quickly close the gap on Barca—who have monopolised the silverware of the past 12 months.

Zidane has started his new job with great fanfare, and the capture of Carlos will also strengthen the coaching nucleus of the Frenchman's backroom team.     

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