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Zinedine Zidane only 'wants' Marseille, Real Madrid & France team job reveals former teammate

Published at :March 1, 2024 at 8:34 PM
Modified at :March 1, 2024 at 8:34 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Zinedine Zidane could return to management next season

Following rumours linking the former Real Madrid coach to Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane has grown into the focus of considerable curiosity.

After Thomas Tuchel resigned in the summer to take a position at Bayern and United began a new chapter under minority owner Jim Ratcliffe, Zidane’s name quickly became associated with both endeavours.The fact that he hasn’t managed a team since 2021 hasn’t diminished his reputation as a world-class coach; although his Madrid team’s three consecutive Champions League titles are in the past, their legacy lives on.

In spite of this, Zidane’s former Madrid colleague Thomas Gravesen has questioned his desire in the roles that have been associated with him. In an interview with Discovery+, Gravesen said as much.

“I spoke to Zidane two years ago and he told me that there were only three roles he would like to accept: they are Marseille, Madrid, and the French team.”

Gravesen continued, “We were in Madrid two years ago and he told me exactly that. I also asked him if he was ready to coach again. And he told me that there were no possibilities for these three.”

It’s no secret that Zinedine Zidane is currently impatiently awaiting the French national team to contact him, but since Didier Deschamps hasn’t slowed down, it seems unlikely. The native son of Olympique de Marseille would probably always have an offer from the club, but there’s a suggestion that he will only accept it if new ownership takes over.

After starting his managerial career with Real Madrid’s B squad, the 51-year-old was elevated to the main team in 2016 and reappointed to the job in 2019.

Madrid won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga and Spanish Super Cup wins, as well as other significant team awards, thanks to Zidane’s extraordinary performance.

After Madrid lost the league title fight to Atletico on the last day of the season, Zidane’s second stint as manager in the Spanish capital ended in disappointment.

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