Zidane could coach France if he is fired from Real Madrid
Real Madrid is going through a rather dark period in the club’s history. Well, especially since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus, the club has not had the same results as they had in previous years. We can even say that there was a return in time, to the times of the Galactic Real that used to collapse in the round of 16 in Champions League on an annual basis. Real has stopped in the round of 16 in the last two seasons, eliminated by Ajax and Manchester City, and if even Atalanta, the round of 16 opponent this season, would somehow manage to eliminate Real, then it just means that Zidane should quit asap. Not that they wouldn’t fire him if that somehow happens. In fact, a lot of journalists from the Spanish sports press began to ask the Frenchman if he was considering a resignation; of course, his reaction was an irritated one, claiming that he did not intend to give up in any way. However, Zidane’s coaching career could take a different direction, even without his resignation.
Thus, the president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, who is in the middle of the election campaign for a new term, said he would consider appointing Zidane as France’s national team coach if he is re-elected. and if Didier Deschamps will not continue. “We have a very good relationship with Zidane, at least for me. If Didier doesn’t continue, and I will still be here, the first person I will think of will be Zidane,” Le Graet told RTL. In other words, this could be Zidane’s future destination, given the fact that his contract with Real expires in 2022, with little chance of extension following the latest results. And Deschamps’ contract with the French federation also expires in 2022. Coincidence?
Even Zidane said he was delighted with the opportunity to coach France’s national team. “We’ve known each other since 1998, when he was in the League. I’ve always had a good relationship [n.r. with Le Graet]. The French national team can be a goal for me later. I already said it 10 years ago, when I started coaching: it may happen one day. But I’m here now. It’s a matter of opportunity. I’ve been at Real Madrid for almost 20 years, the club has given me the chance to coach this wonderful team,” said Zidane. Although, practically, he is on the edge thanks to the recent results of the club, Zidane still wishes to conclude his agreement with the Madrilenians in 2022.
The current coach of France is Deschamps, who has been in office since 2012, and who led France to win the 2018 World Cup, the second world title of “Galician roosters”. France will have a difficult mission at EURO 2020, Deschamps’ national team being assigned to Group F, along with Germany, Portugal and Hungary.