Harper be­lieves Zi­dane


AS he grew up on the Costa del Sol, Jack Harper used to dream of be­com­ing the next Zine­dine Zi­dane. It wasn’t un­til he made his way into the Real Madrid youth ranks that he dis­cov­ered a cou­ple of team-mates who were bet­ter qual­i­fied than he was.

The 20-year-old Brighton for­ward and Scot­land youth in­ter­na­tional, who has flown back ‘home’ to Spain from Eng­land’s south coast, will take in tonight’s all-Madrid Cham­pi­ons League final in the bo­som of his fam­ily. Of course he will be root­ing for Real, con­sid­er­ing he spent five years at the club af­ter be­ing spot­ted play­ing for a boys’ club called Los Boliches in close prox­im­ity to the fam­ily home in Fuen­girola.

While the oc­cu­pant of the Atletico tech­ni­cal area, Diego Sime­one, is one of the few re­main­ing hot man­age­rial tick­ets in world foot­ball, Harper hopes it will be Zi­dane who pro­vides the X Fac­tor, just as he did when tak­ing him through fin­ish­ing drills as he checked up on his sons Enzo and Luca.

“Of course I’ll be watch­ing it – and sup­port­ing Madrid,” Harper told Her­ald Sport. “Zi­dane has four sons. One of them, Enzo, was a year older than me and one, Luca, was a year

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