Free as the air since his departure from Real Madrid this summer, Zinedine Zidane intends to stay away from the pitch before taking the reins of the France team in 2023.
In its columns, the newspaper The team recently focused on the future of the France team. Objective in the sights of Zinedine Zidane for several years already, the bench of the Blues seems out of reach of the former Merengue, now that the boss of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, has confirmed that Didier Deschamps will be the coach in the next World Cup in Qatar, in 2022. The President of the Federation spoke at length with Deschamps in Guingamp and he decided to renew his confidence in him despite the early elimination of the Blues at Euro 2020, in eighth of final against Switzerland.
Even if this position remains inaccessible, Zidane has chosen to leave Real Madrid this summer, in particular because of the enormous media pressure he was under, with four weekly press conferences and 12-hour days at Valdebebas. In short, enough to completely exhaust the French coach. The team clarifies that Zidane still resides in Madrid (there are still two sons, Theo and Elyaz, at the academy of Real) and paid particular attention to France during the last European Championship: “Zinedine follows the Blues closely. They will always be in his heart and he is ready to do a lot for them, as he showed when he came back in 2005 ”, explains a source close to the coach.
Indeed, according to The team, Zidane has regularly turned down offers to return to coaching clubs, especially in England, the Persian Gulf countries and Asia, sometimes with eight-figure salaries. For the moment, he does not want to resume the rhythm of a club, preferring to rest and wait for the moment when he can take charge of the France team, a moment he knows is close. Didier Deschamps, in fact, has already given Zizou his blessing to replace him. In the eyes of the coach, there are four teams that will always have their preference when it comes to getting back in the saddle: Girondins de Bordeaux, Juventus Turin, Real Madrid and France. But to take the reins of the last, he will have to at least wait until 2023.