Zinedine Zidane is still without a contract after leaving the Real Madrid bench in 2021, and that could change in the summer as his name is linked with three teams, reports “Atletico”.
Zidane had hoped to be France’s new coach, but the Tricolores’ run to the World Cup finals in Qatar left Didier Deschamps on the bench until 2026.
Moreover, Zidane’s agent has denied speculation that the Frenchman will be Brazil’s new coach, and announced that his client will return to club football.
“Athletic” and several French media write that Zidane now has three possibilities.
The first is a return to Real Madrid, but current coach Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez will have the final say. Ancelotti has a contract with the Kings until 2024, and Real Madrid is playing well under his leadership so far.
The Kings triumphed in La Liga and the Champions League last season, and Ancelotti has said he would like to see his contract through to the end and then retire.
The second possibility is a return to Juventus, a club where he played from 1996 to 2001. For Zidane to sit down at the negotiating table with the leaders of Juventus, the condition is that the Old Lady secure a place in the Champions League next season, which at this moment is a difficult mission due to the deduction of 15 points due to financial malpractices, writes “Athletic”.
But the Italian media claims something else, if Juventus eventually secures a placement in the Champions League, then the current coach Massimiliano Allegri will get a new contract.
The third possibility for Zidane is a return to French football, but not as a coach of PSG but of Olympique Marseille.
Marseille is one of the most trophy-winning French clubs, which in the coming period should be bought by a Saudi investment fund that would immediately invest a large amount of money in reinforcements in order to end PSG’s dominance in Ligue 1.
At the end, “Athletic” writes that if he does not sit on the bench of one of these three teams, Zidane could take another year off from football and wait for 2024 when the coaching chair at Real Madrid would certainly be vacant.