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