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Federico Valverde credits Zinedine Zidane to help Real Madrid adapt

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The Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde of Real Madrid has credited manager Zinedine Zidane for giving him the confidence to flourish with the Spanish giants.

Having played 25 matches as a Real Madrid player in his first full season in 2018-19, Valverde has already made 32 appearances in this campaign, mostly as a starter.

"He gives you confidence in a way that few other coaches do," Valverde said in a live Instagram chat with Uruguayan Football Association followers, Xinhua news reports.

Zidane is considered one of the best midfielders in history, having led France to victory at the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.

He later became the first manager to win three successive UEFA Champions League titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by guiding Real Madrid to glory.

"Everyone has great respect for him because, apart from being the manager, he's a legend on a world scale," Valverde said. "You have to keep what he tells you inside your head. Sometimes in a game he'll tell you to change something or give you a suggestion. Or he might criticize you. If he says it, you have to listen and try to get the most out of it."

Valverde also commended midfield Real Madrid colleagues Luke Modric, Casemiro and Tony Kroos. He has described Kroos as a reference for all players, citing on the ball the "admirable composure" of the German World Cup winner.

The 21-year-old, who has already been capped 20 times for Uruguay's national team, said he was keeping busy playing video games and spending time with his family during the coronavirus lockdown in Spain.

You've got to try to take care of yourself and avoid going out, "Valverde said." It's what the government is saying and it's the best thing for everyone so this can end and everyone can go back and enjoy life outside again.