Zinedine Zidane drops a BOMBING over his Real Madrid future by hinting he would one day lead Juventus – with current boss Andrea Pirlo under mounting pressure in Turin
- Andrea Pirlo is ahead if Juventus does not qualify for the Champions League
- Juventus is fourth in Serie A, 12 points behind leader Inter Milan
- Zinedine Zidane played 214 games for Juventus in a five-year period
- And talk to Sky Sport Italy, he admitted that he still has Italy in his heart
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Juventus remains important to him and has hinted that he would consider a move to manage the Serie A side in the future.
Current Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is behind the heel Sportsmail revealed this week that the club is poised for a major overhaul if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Juventus are currently fourth in the league table, 12 points behind league leaders Inter Milan after their weekend draw against Torino in the Turin derby, forcing their former midfielder Pirlo to scrutinize his position intensively.
Zinedine Zidane has hinted he would like to return to former club Juventus in the future
Current Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is in for the heel if they don’t finish in the top four
Zidane, 48, also played 214 games for Juventus in a five-year period before moving to Real Madrid in 2001, and when speaking with former teammate Alessandro Del Piero, the Frenchman admitted that Italy still has an appeal for him.
‘Am I missing Italy or Del Piero more? With both Italy is in my heart, I spent five years in Turin and Juventus is still important to me, ” says Zidane. told Sky Sport Italy after Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in their first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Future at Juve? I do not know. I’m here for now, we’ll see, ”the 1998 World Cup winner added with a smile.
Zidane’s contract with the current LaLiga champions runs until June 2022, but in February he declined to commit to that deal, as he had also been linked to the track in France and took over from Didier Deschamps after the euro this summer.
The Frenchman (right) told ex-teammate Alessandro Del Piero (left) that Italy remains in his heart
“Well, we’ll see,” he said two months ago. Most importantly, I said to the other reporters, we are only focused on this season.
‘I just focus on the daily, today, tomorrow, the game. For the rest, I don’t know what’s going to happen. ‘
A departure from the Spanish capital could also materialize if Enrique Riquelme succeeds in ousting Florentino Perez as club chairman, with the businessman confirming he will not have the Frenchman at the helm and keeping an eye on Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.
Zidane has also been linked with replacing French boss Didier Deschamps after the European Championship
Juventus, meanwhile, will miss Champions League football for the first time in nine years if they don’t finish in the top four this season – they are currently level with Napoli in fifth place.
Pirlo’s next big test comes on Wednesday when they welcome Napoli to the Allianz Stadium, with both sides at 56 points.
However, former teammate Fabio Cannavaro threw his weight behind Pirlo and insisted the club should place their trust in him.