Zinedine Zidane open to PSG job in the future

Zinedine Zidane-Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane-Real Madrid

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he remains focused on taking over as France boss, although he refused to rule out taking over at Paris Saint-Germain in the future.

The Frenchman was linked with the position at Ligue 1 champions PSG this summer but has since ruled himself out of the job, focusing more on taking over from current France boss Didier Deschamps.

Speaking to L’Equipe via 90min, Zidane admitted that he has ‘unfinished business’ with Les Bleus.

“I want to come full circle with the France team,” he said. 

“I knew this France team as a player, and that’s the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s the pinnacle. The France team is firmly rooted in my head.

“I do not know [if he will replace Didier Deschamps]. If it has to happen, it will happen, then or not then. Today, a team is in place, but if the opportunity comes next, then I’ll be there. It’s not up to me, but my deep desire is there. The France team is the most beautiful thing there is.”

He added: “When you are given the France team shirt, it’s special. My first call-ups were special. There were incredible players like [Eric] Cantona, [David] Ginola and [Laurent] Blanc. When you get a taste of Les Bleus, it’s magnificent. It’s so strong, powerful. The France team is everything to me.”

Despite declaring his desire to manage France, Zidane also said that fans should not rule out the idea of him taking over at PSG in the future.

“Never say never,” he said when asked if his connection with Marseille could impact a move to PSG. 

“Especially when you are a coach in today’s world. But the question is moot. It’s irrelevant.

“When I was a player, I had the choice of almost every club. As a coach, there aren’t 50 clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities. This is the current reality. Coaches have much fewer choices than players. If I go back to a club, it is to win. That’s why I can’t go anywhere. For other reasons, I might also be unable to go everywhere.

“The language, for example. Some conditions make things more difficult. When people say to me: ‘Do you want to go to Manchester?’, I understand English, but I’m not a master of it. 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. I know what I need to win, so, of course, I need at least this, this and this. I want everything on my side to optimise the chances of victory.”