Zinedine Zidane will remain at Real Madrid for an extra two years after agreeing to extend his contract until 30 June 2007.

“I’m delighted,” Zidane told the Madrid website.

“It was what the club wanted and what I wanted. For me the most important thing is to play football and doing that here at Real Madrid is the greatest pleasure I could have.”

Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdanoadded: ‘We thought it was best to provide stability to the club by extending his contract for two more years.

“Now we can all enjoy seeing ‘Zizou’ play until at least 2007.”

“His game is based on technique and intelligence and so we are confident he will be able to maintain his high competitive standards.”

Zidane joined Madrid from Juventus in July 2001 for a world record fee of €52.2m.

He played a key role in helping Madrid to a record ninth European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 2002 and helped the club to the Spanish league title last season.