Zinedine Zidane claims he ‘is not finished’ with the France national team amid claims he snubbed PSG
Zinedine Zidane hinted that his priority is managing the French national team amid claims he turned down Paris Saint-Germain for Les Bleus, but he one day refused to rule out taking charge of the Ligue 1 champions.
The Frenchman recently opened up about his desire to continue coaching and while a possible destination is unknown, Zidane seems to be hinting that he would rather be with France.
The former Real Madrid boss had been linked with PSG, but the Ligue 1 club now looks set to name Nice manager Christophe Galtier as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor after Zidane reportedly stepped down from the role.
Zinedine Zidane has insisted he’s ‘not done with Les Bleus’ in report ahead of his 50th birthday
The Frenchman had been linked with becoming Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement at PSG
However, Zidane has now hinted that his future lies with France as he is eager to get out of the door for the national team.
“I’m not done with Les Bleus yet,” he told the French newspaper L’Equipe, as part of a special report celebrating his 50th birthday.
The 50-year-old won the 1998 World Cup with the French national team
‘Of course I want to do it. I will be [France coach]I hope one day. When? That’s not up to me.
“But I want to come full circle with the French national team. I met this French team as a player. And it’s the best thing that ever happened to me!
‘But really! It’s the highlight. So ever since I went through that and am now a coach, the French team has been firmly rooted in my head.
‘Deschamp’s success? I don’t know. If it has to, it will happen, at that moment or not.
“When I say I want to take charge of the French national team one day, I assume it.
‘At the moment a team has been formed. With their goals. But if the opportunity comes later, I’ll be there. Again, it’s not me. My deepest desire is there. The French team is the best there is.’
Zidane has been out of action for a year after his departure from Madrid last May.
Since his step into unemployment, the World Cup winner has been linked with a number of high profile jobs, including PSG.
Mundo Deportivo claimed that Zidane was quickly flagged as Pochettino’s successor, with the switch ‘closed’ before flying to Qatar.
Mauricio Pochettino (left) to be fired soon and PSG are looking for his successor
There he is said to have met with club directors to finalize the details of his contract and discuss plans for next season – although negotiations later collapsed.
However, Galtier is reportedly poised to take the lead in the Ligue 1 champions with Nice and PSG are said to be close to a deal.
But Zidane refused to rule out the possibility of one day coaching the Paris side, as he told L’Equipe: “Never say never. Especially if you’re a coach these days.
“When I was a player, I had a choice, almost every club. As a coach, there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities. […]
“When I go back to a club, it’s to win. I say this in all humility. That’s why I have nowhere to go.’
Christophe Galtier believed to be in pole position for PSG track despite ties to Zidane
PSG club chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi rejected ties with Zidane earlier this week after claiming the club had had no contact with him.
“I want to say something important about Zidane, he’s a person I really liked as a player and I like him as a coach, I love him,” he said. MARCA†
“But we’ve never spoken to him, directly or indirectly, and I have great respect and value for him. A lot has appeared in the press, but we never spoke to him.’
Meanwhile, RMC Sport claimed that Zidane is ready to coach the French national team after the 2022 World Cup, which is why he rejected PSG’s claims.
But the 50-year-old faces an obstacle in the form of French coach Didier Deschamps.
Zidane in the form of coach Didier Deschamps faces an obstacle at the track with the national team
France’s captaincy at the 1998 World Cup led the team to World Cup glory in 2018, followed by the Nations League last year.
His success at Les Bleus has earned him the right to leave his position at any time, meaning Zidane could wait in the wings for a while.
However, Deschamps was able to wrap up his time with the national team after the World Cup in Qatar – his third as France boss and his fifth major tournament.
Deschamps is under pressure to perform later this year as France look to defend their title after a poor run in this year’s Nations League campaign.
Les Bleus fail to win one of their opening group stage matches against Croatia, Denmark and Austria and the defending champions are bottom of Group A1.