“Someday” .. Zidane dreams of coaching this team

The former French international reviews, in a lengthy interview with L’Equipe newspaper, conducted in early May, but published Thursday on the occasion of his birthday, his career as a player and coach, the moments he lived and his plans for the future, stressing that coaching the roosters is “the most beautiful thing possible.”

“Of course I would,” says the 1998 world champion. “I hope to be (coach) one day. When? It doesn’t depend on me. But I want to go back to where I started in the French national team.”

“It’s the top. Having lived through it and now I’m a coach, France is firmly rooted in my head,” adds the former captain of his country.

And the European champion in 2000 will have to wait at least until the end of the World Cup scheduled for the end of this year in Qatar (November 21 to December 18), as the contract of the current coach, Didier Deschamps, expires in late 2022, knowing that the option to extend is available.

Zizou hints: “Today, there is a team that exists and has goals. But if I had the opportunity after that, I would be there.”

Having led Real Madrid to 3 consecutive titles in the Champions League as coach between 2016 and 2018 – having crowned him with the continental title as a player in 2002 – Zidane is looking for a new challenge and confirms that he wants to “continue training”.

And if he considers that “now is not the time” to train Paris Saint-Germain, knowing that the president of the Qatari club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, ruled this out himself in the press on Tuesday, the son of Marseille does not rule out one day supervision of the capital club, Olympique Marseille’s first rival.

The former Juventus player said: “You shouldn’t say you’ll never do something, especially when you’re a coach. But the question is moot. It’s definitely not the time now.”

Within 10 years, Zidane, who with his family runs his own business in the Z5 sports complex, sees himself at the head of a “structure or institution”.

“Why shouldn’t I be in a project where I’m the leader? All possibilities are open,” he explains, without ruling out the idea that he might head a club one day.

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