Zinedine Zidane (r.) has been in the Bavarian capital taking tips from Bayern's Pep Guardiola (l.) (© Imago)
Zinedine Zidane (r.) has been in the Bavarian capital taking tips from Bayern's Pep Guardiola (l.) (© Imago)
Bundesliga

Zidane: 'Bayern are a great club'

Munich - Retired FIFA World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has spent three days learning from the very best in the business at FC Bayern München's Säbener Straße training headquarters this week.

'They breathe football'

The three-time World Player of the Year was part of a seven-man group comprising Bayern legend Willy Sagnol, former Bastia manager Claude Makelele, Guy Lacombe, Bernard Diomede, Claude Le Roy and Franck Thivilier to have had the pleasure of not only meeting with the likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Pep Guardiola, but watching the record German champions train to boot.

"I've visited the city a few times before, but I had never come to this incredible training facility," Real Madrid Castilla coach Zidane enthused on

FCB.tv

. "It's not as big as at some other European clubs, but it's very cosy. The facilities really are wonderful. It's a incredibly organised club with people who used to play football and really live and breathe for the game and then you combine that with someone like Pep Guardiola and players that are full of desire and have a very precise footballing philosophy. It gives you a magnificent impression. Bayern are a big club, one of the top five in the world, but there's also a family atmosphere." One of the newest members of the Bayern brood,

Xabi Alonso

, was particularly thrilled to have had the opportunity to get to know his muse that little bit better, having played against the French football icon during his time at La Liga outfit Real Sociedad de Futbol. The 33-year-old Spaniard posted this before-and-after picture of the two midfield conductors on his official Twitter page: