The Real Madrid manager sees Brahim as a very good option in his squad for next season but the club would prefere a loan deal to help him develop.
The coldness shown to Vinicius by Zidane is contrasted by the determination he has shown to incorporate Brahim Díaz into his plans. It's another point of contention at the club as they look to rebuild after a miserable year.
The manager wants the 19-year-old in his squad next season. The confidence he has in the former City starlet was built upon at the end of the season when Brahim got minutes and impressed the boss when others cemented their status as surplus to requirements.
Zidane loves Brahim and wants him to stay
"He's enamoured with Brahim," is the message coming from the club. Those highest up at Real Madrid believe the best option for him is to go on loan with Vinicius and Rodrygo selected as another pair that could follow such a path.
Zidane sees him as a very good option amongst his 25-man squad though.
From Brahim's perspective, he wants to stay and succeed too. "I want to be at Madrid and I want to play at the best club in the world," he said after the game against Real Sociedad in which he scored a goal.
"I like that he always supports and uses his both feet," said Ziane. "He likes to be involved in link-up play... he is a good player, very interesting and young. We will see what happens next year but at the moment, he has had minutes and has done really well."