Erected as an absolute priority by the owners of PSG, Zinedine Zidane finally rejected the advances of the capital club. But that may just be a postponement.
PSG had to make up their minds. Despite several weeks of discussions with Zinedine Zidane and his entourage, the 98 world champion will not become the next coach of the capital club. The owners of the champions of France were however ready to do anything to convince the former Madrid player to succeed Mauricio Pochettino. But after a final meeting on Tuesday between Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and the native of Marseille, the Parisian president abdicated.
However, seeing Zinedine Zidane sit on the PSG bench is not a pipe dream. Asked in the columns of L’Equipe on the occasion of his 50e anniversary, the former playmaker did not close the door to the Rouge et Bleu. And it is not his attachment to the Marseille city that will prevent him from sitting on the Parisian bench, when the time comes. ” Never say never. Especially when you are a coach today. When I was a player, I had the choice, almost all the clubs. Coach, there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities,” he said.
And PSG is therefore one of these two or three clubs where he could continue his career and continue to win. An essential criterion. “If I go back to a club, it’s to win. I say this with all modesty. That’s why I can’t go anywhere,” he explained. The choice is all the more limited for Zinedine Zidane as he does not see himself as an officer in a country whose language he does not perfectly master. “Certain conditions make it more difficult… When people say to me: ‘Do you want to go to Manchester?’ I understand English but I do not master it completely. I know there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language. But I work differently. To win, many elements come into play. It’s a global context. Me, I know what I need to win, ”he said again.
But for now, his priority is elsewhere and is called the France team. Zinedine Zidane made no secret of it. “I want it (to be a coach), of course. I will be, I hope, one day. When ? It’s not up to me. But I want to come full circle with the France team,” he said.