Eppan - Germany's
2014 Soccer World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew on Friday ruled himself out of the
running to take over at Real Madrid after reports he has been
approached to replace Zinedine Zidane.
"Of course I can completely rule that out now," Loew told reporters
at Germany's World Cup training camp at Eppan, north Italy, after
Spanish daily Marca claimed Real had already approached the 58-year-old
"Real Madrid will surely find a very, very good substitute for Zinedine Zidane.
"His resignation surprised me a little, but he is the best judge of whether the team has reached its peak (under him).
"If he feels now is the right time, then you have to respect that."
Loew has only recently signed a contract extension with the German
football federation (DFB), until the 2022 World Cup, and says he is
fully focused on successfully defending the world title at Russia 2018.
Loew last coached at club level in 2004, when he was at Austrian
Vienna, and under his stewardship Germany has reached at least the
semi-finals of every international tournament since the 2006 World Cup.
Loew's crowning moment was in holding aloft the 2014 World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro.
However, he underlined his status in Germany as a superstar coach by
winning the Confederations Cup last year with an inexperienced squad
after leaving all of his stars at home.
Germany play Austria in Klagenfurt on Saturday and Saudi Arabia next
Friday in their final friendlies before kicking off their World Cup
campaign against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, having also drawn South
Korea and Sweden in Group F.