Despite links to PSG, Zinedine Zidane says he feels fulfilled in his life – but admits he would love to return to the dugout.
Zinedine Zidane says he still has the “flame” to continue his managerial career, despite a year out of the game after he departed from Real Madrid last year.
The Frenchman departed Santiago Bernabeu for a second time at the end of the 2020-21 season, having guided the club to a hat-trick of Champions League triumphs during his first term in charge and won 11 trophies in all during his time there.
Zidane has since been linked with a number of jobs, including in his home country where he was touted as the frontrunner to succeed Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Didier Deschamps’ possible successor as France head coach beyond Qatar 2022.
With Nice boss Christoph Galtier now in the driving seat to take the reins at Parc des Princes.
Zidane’s time in the wilderness looks set to continue.
But the former World Cup winner, who turns 50 this month, hopes to return to the dugout.
While admitting he remains satisfied without having to leap straight into any available job.
Zinedine Zidane told Telefoot:
“I want to continue.
“I still have this flame. Football is my passion.
“But I am [almost] 50 years old and fulfilled. I am happy, and that’s the most important thing.”
Zidane also addressed his infamous World Cup final headbutt on Marco Materazzi at Germany 2006, which saw him sent off for France as they lost to Italy on penalties.
“I’m not proud of what I’ve done, but it’s part of my journey,” he reflected. “Even in a person’s life, not everything is done perfectly.”
Zinedine Zidane has been one of the most successful managers in recent times.
And him being at PSG can be beneficial for the Parisians. Zidane can handle the egos in the locker room.
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