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Zinedine Zidane reveals his dream managerial job

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In an interview to mark his 50th birthday, Zizou spoke openly about his future in football management.

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed a ‘deep desire’ to manage the French national team one day and refused to rule out the prospect of coaching Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite a stellar international career as a player, Zidane feels he has unfinished business with France. The 50-year-old, however, insists his ambition will be with respect to current manager Didier Deschamps, who will be out of contract at the end of 2022, and the staff.

“I want to [be the head coach of France], of course. I will be, I hope, one day,” he told L’Equipe. “When? It’s not up to me, but I want to come full circle with the France team. I knew this French team as a player, and it’s the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me.

“But really, this is the pinnacle. And so, as I experienced that and today I am a coach, the France team is firmly rooted in my head. When I say that I want to take the France team one day, I assume it. Today, a team is in place, with its goals. But if the opportunity comes next, then I’ll be there.

“Again, it’s not up to me. My deep desire is there. The France team is the most beautiful thing there is.”

Would Zidane coach PSG?

Reports had linked the former Real Madrid manager with PSG until recently.

The Parisians appear set to sack current coach Mauricio Pochettino for next season. Nice boss Christophe Galtier is the current favorite to take charge at the Parc des Princes. However, given the lack of realistic options available at his disposal, Zidane won’t rule out a move to PSG someday either.

“Never say never,” the Marseille-native said. “Especially when you are a coach today, but the question is moot. This is absolutely irrelevant. When I was a player, I had a choice, almost every club.

“As a coach, there are not 50 clubs where I can go. There are two or three possibilities. This is the current reality. As coaches, we have much less choice than players. 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. For other reasons, too, I might not be able to go everywhere.

“The language, for example. Some conditions make things more difficult. When I’m asked: ‘Do you want to go to Manchester?’ I understand English but I don’t fully master 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.”