Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he helped persuade Zinedine Zidane to turn down the Bordeaux job in 2014 in order to continue his development as an aspiring coach at Real Madrid.
Bordeaux offered Zidane his first managerial role at the end of the 2013-14 season, only for the Frenchman to reject his former club, preferring instead to remain at Madrid.
Zidane was Ancelotti's assistant coach in the Spanish capital at the time but would soon go on to take charge of Real Madrid Castilla, before being appointed coach of the club's first team in January 2016.
Discussing Zidane's offer to coach Bordeaux, Ancelotti told L'Equipe: "[My advice to him was] to stay in Madrid with me [rather than go to Bordeaux]. At first, he chose to train Castilla and that was a good experience for him.
"I thought that around him, in Madrid, there was a good atmosphere [to develop]. The fact that he is now coaching Real Madrid is very good for him and for the club."
Zidane wasted little time in getting to grips with the Madrid job, going on to guide the club to Champions League glory just over four months on from his appointment.
Ancelotti, however, has not been surprised by the success of his former assistant, who succeeded Rafa Benitez at Madrid.
"Zidane is very charismatic and he is respected by the players," Ancelotti said. "I saw that when he was my assistant and I think that is the key to his success now. The players had problems with Rafa Benitez and when Zidane came in, everything changed. The players rallied behind him."
Ancelotti also spoke about another Frenchman in Paul Pogba, saying that Bayern had no intention of trying to sign the midfielder -- who moved from Juventus to Manchester United -- this summer.
"No, impossible," he said. "We have a good midfield with Xabi Alonso, [Arturo] Vidal, [Joshua] Kimmich, who can play. Thiago Alcantara and Renato Sanches are very young with massive potential."
Ancelotti also said that Madrid were never interested in signing Pogba during his time at the club.
"No," he said. "Pogba is a great player but I was not looking for a player of that profile."
ESPN FC's Paris Saint-Germain correspondent Jonathan Johnson contributed to this report.