Zinedine Zidane is convinced that “one day” he will be France coach, a great ambition, in which there is also room for the Paris Saint-Germain bench, although for now “it is not current”.
In a long interview granted last May to the newspaper L’Equipe and published this Thursday on the occasion of his 50th birthday, Zizou reviews his career and talks about the future, in which he figures to sit one day on the bench of the bluewith whom as a player he won the world title in 1998.
“It’s the most beautiful thing there can be (…) I want to be, of course, I will be, I hope, one day. When? That does not depend on me. But I want to close the circle with the national team, ”said the coach, who looks askance at a position held by Didier Deschamps, at least until the World Cup in Qatar where he defends the title achieved in 2018.
🧵🎙 Zidane celebrates his 50th birthday today and has given an interview to @lequipe.
“It’s not just me who says give it to him (the Ballon d’Or to Benzema), it’s everyone! It is more than deserved.” pic.twitter.com/XaSkIkR6jo
– Madrid Sports (@MadridSports_) June 23, 2022
The coach recalled what he experienced with the national team and that it “remained in his head” and awaits his moment: “Now there is a team at the forefront, with goals. But if the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be there.”
The coach affirms that, in the meantime, he wants to continue training and does not rule out sitting on the bench for PSG, the rival of Olympique de Marseille, the club from his hometown.
“Never say never. Especially when you are currently a coach. But it is a meaningless question, now it is not topical. But there are not fifty clubs that I can go to,” he said.
Zidane, to @lequipe on coaching PSG one day: “Never say never. Especially when you’re a manager nowadays. When I was a player, I could choose, almost every club. As a manager, there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three odds”.
– Andrés Onrubia Ramos (@AndiOnrubia) June 22, 2022
Zidane recalled his signing as a player for Real Madrid in 2001, which he justified after his time at Juventus in Turin because it was “the biggest club in the world”.
The transfer, 500 million francs (almost 80 million euros) ($ 84,057,440) was “the price of an Airbus”, the highest in history at that time, it seemed “amazing” but “there was no other option ” because “Juve had the right to ask for it and Madrid to pay for it”.
“I had just turned 29, I had resources left. I knew I was missing that, Madrid. I needed this change to give strength to my career. He had been at Juve for five years and had won everything except the Champions League. We lost it twice. I needed to relaunch myself, a new challenge”, he indicated.
Another curious phrase from Zidane in his interview with @lequipe is about his explanation of the goal of La Novena:
“My gesture happens once in a lifetime. I tried to repeat it in some commercials, but it never worked out. I never did it like that.” pic.twitter.com/JNCgkz3Oes
– Manu Heredia (@ManuHeredia21) June 23, 2022
He acknowledged that Madrid “was in mind and the idea gradually gained strength.” “When you’ve been at Juve and you’ve won everything with the national team, at 28-29 years old, you have to look for another dimension. Madrid was mine. And I knew that it was in Florentino Pérez’s head. And when he has something on his mind, everything goes very fast”.
He recounted the meeting in Monaco, during a gala dinner where the president of Madrid asked him, on a napkin, if he wanted to go to the Spanish capital and how he replied: “And it is”, at which point everything was released.
Zidane recalled the three Champions Leagues won as a coach with Madrid, “a formidable and profound feeling of having fulfilled”.
“Winning the Champions League is never luck. It’s work. Especially three in a row. I worked like a sick man. We work a lot. My players believed in me and I in them. Winning as a player does not have the same implication”, said Zizou. (D)