'I get nervous talking to Zidane'


Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro admits he still gets nervous when talking to manager Zinedine Zidane.

The Brazil international has become one of the senior figures in the Los Blancos squad over the last few years during Zidane's reign.

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Despite his status in the side, the 28-year-old admits he still in awe of the French legend, who lifted his second LaLiga title this season.

"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.'

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"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."

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