Zinedine Zidane says he would have accepted the chance to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid coach had he been offered the job.
Zidane, who was one of Ancelotti's assistants as well as coaching Real Madrid's reserve side Castilla last season, was among the candidates touted for the top job when reports emerged towards the end of last season that the Spanish giants would be making yet another managerial change.
In the end it was Rafael Benitez who took over from the sacked Ancelotti, but Zidane has revealed he would have made the step up himself given the chance.
He said: "Yes, I would have accepted being Ancelotti's successor. I'm a professional and I'm never going to turn down a challenge."
But the former France playmaker, who won the World Cup and European Championship with his country as well as the Champions League and Primera Division titles with Real, insists he is not downhearted to have been overlooked for the job.
He added: "No, not at all. I'm not disappointed. I believe it wasn't the time.
"Things happen naturally, you don't have to go looking for them. He (Perez) took the decision to choose another coach and that's that."