Zinedine Zidane He is convinced that “one day” he will be the coach of France“the summit” of his ambition, in which there is also room for the bench of the Paris Saint Germainalthough for now “it is not topical”.
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 appears one day to sit on the bench of the “bleus”, with whom as a player he won the world title in 1998.
“It is the most beautiful thing that 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 he occupies Didier Deschamps, at least until Qatar World Cup where he defends the title achieved in 2018.
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 in front, with objectives. But if the opportunity presents itself, I will be there.”
The coach affirms that, in the meantime, he wants to continue training and does not rule out sitting on the PSG bench one day, the rival of the Olympic Marseillehis hometown club.
“Never say never. Especially when you are currently a coach. But it is a meaningless question, now it is not topical. But there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to,” he said.
Zidane recalled his signing as a player for Real Madrid in 2001, which he justified after his time in the Juventus because it was “the biggest club in the world”.
The transfer, 500 million francs (almost 80 million euros) It 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 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. I had been at Juve for five years and had won everything except the Champions League. We lost it two times. I needed to relaunch myself, a new challenge,” he said.
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 it was in Florentino Pérez’s head. And when he has something in head, 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: “Yes”, at which point everything was released.
Zidane remembered the three Champions Leagues earned as coach with Madrid, “a formidable and profound feeling of having fulfilled”.
“Winning the Champions League is never luck. It’s hard work. Above all, three in a row. I worked like a sick man. We worked a lot. My players believed in me and I believed in them. Winning as a player doesn’t have the same implication,” Zizou said.