The French team returned from Qatar as the runner-up of the world champion (Reuters)
According to most reports, since he finished his second term at Real Madrid, at the end of May 2021, Zinedine Zidane has not coached anywhere because he was waiting for an offer to guide the French national team after the last World Cup.
However, this door was finally closed yesterday (Saturday) when Didier Deschamps officially extended his contract until 2026 on the lines of the vice-champion of the world, therefore at "L'Equipe" we examined the additional options that "Zizou" had in recent months, some of which still exist.
The French media claim that since the end of the World Cup, Zidane has turned down offers from three different national teams.
The first is Brazil, to which the 50-year-old coach was marked as one of the candidates after the failure in Qatar and pressure from home to appoint a foreign coach.
"Zidane is highly valued and respected in Brazil," it was written in his homeland, "but working in a team other than France does not really enchant him at the moment."
In addition, they explained that the language issue could also be a problem.
The United States team also wanted ex Real Madrid as a coach, this as part of the preparations for the home World Cup in 2026 where the Americans are aiming for an unprecedented achievement for them, after working with the goal of raising a quality generation of players in recent years.
Another team that Zidane rejected is Portugal, which according to the reports apparently chose Roberto Martinez, who finalized his terms and is expected to replace Fernando Santos.
In the club sector, at "L'Equip" we marked two realistic options for the legendary former player: the first team is the one where "Zizou" starred in the late 90's, Juventus.
Already this season, the chair of the current coach, Massimiliano Allegri, was shaking, following a bad start to the season in the Italian league and an early dismissal from the Champions League.
However, the Old Lady has recently bounced back with an eight-game winning streak without conceding in the league, so coupled with the fact that Allegri is signed until 2025, only a season without titles is likely to open the door for Zidane if the latter wants to coach the Bianconeri.
The second team mentioned in the article is Paris Saint-Germain, to which Zidane has been named as a leading candidate more than once since he finished his career as the coach of the Blancos.
"They dreamed of him, especially the Emir of Qatar who is very fond of Zidane," they claimed in France, but also emphasized: certain things will have to change at the Parisian club in order for "Zizou" to be ready to arrive, without talking about the fact that Christophe Galtier is signed until 2024.