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Luca Zidane proud to bear his father’s surname

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Luca Zidane of Real Madrid looks on prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid goalkeeper Luca Zidane insists bearing the same surname as his famous father doesn’t weigh him down.

Despite graduating Real’s youth academy, Zidane Jr struggled to break into his father’s team and so sealed a season-long loan deal at Racing Santander for next season.

Life down in the Spanish second division and away from Madrid will likely provide the 21-year-old with a chance to escape the shadow of his father, Zinedine Zidane.

Naturally, Zidane Jr’s progress in his career has often led observers to compare it to that of his legendary father, who won a Ballon d’Or and starred for Real and Juventus in his own stunning career.

When asked if this weighs him down, however, Zidane Jr told Marca: “No, it doesn’t weigh down on me.

“I’m used to comparisons. I’m proud to have this surname. You can’t compare yourself with your father in footballing terms. Everyone has their own sporting career. I’m on one side and my father is on another.”

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GLASGOW – May 15: Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid has a shot at goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen played at Hampden Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on May 15, 2002. Real Madrid won the match and cup 2-1. DIGITAL IMAGE. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

He added: “I’m very proud to have this surname, but I want to be called Luca in football and not Luca compared with my father.”

Zidane Sr became one of the greatest footballers of all-time by starring in the midfield and even inspired France to World Cup and European glory.

The Frenchman’s son, though, instead decided to be a goalkeeper – much to the fans’ disbelief.

“Sometimes I ask myself that,” admitted the youngster.

“It’s Enzo’s [his brother] fault. I played football with him from a young age and, because I was younger, he made me go in goal.

“I always had to go in goal because Enzo was older. He told me I was quite good. I have a different personality and I don’t like it when people compare me with my father and being a goalkeeper is difficult to compare myself with him.”

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN – AUGUST 26: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Enzo Zidane of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona at Estadio de Mendizorroza on August 26, 2017 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Both of Zidane Jr’s matches in goal for Real were under his father, who currently coaches the club after returning in March.

However, the France U-20 international concedes that leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer was necessary to gain some badly needed first-team experience.

Quizzed on what this could mean for his Los Blancos future, Zidane Jr replied: “I’m on loan at Racing and very happy to be here. I needed to leave [Real Madrid], but we’ll see what happens in the future.”

He added: “The idea is to get more minutes under my belt at a higher level than Castilla. I’m in the Segunda and it’s about proving myself and enjoying what I like doing, which is playing football.”

Zidane Jr’s first game for Racing could be against La Liga side Real Sociedad in a pre-season friendly on July 20.

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Luca Zidane of Real Madrid warms up ahead of the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and SD Huesca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)