Zinedine Zidane finally explains why he turned down Man Utd job | Soccer

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Zinedine Zidane last worked for Real Madrid in 2021 (Picture: Getty)

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he has excluded himself from the coaching job Manchester United because of the language barrier.

The 50-year-old has been unemployed since leaving Real Madrid last year and has been linked with Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, Zidane was reportedly not interested in the job and the club eventually brought in Ralf Rangnick as caretaker manager before making a permanent appointment to Erik ten Hag.

Now the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner has confirmed exactly why he turned down the chance to take over United.

“Would I want to go to Manchester? [United]? I understand English but I’m not quite fluent in it,” Zidane told L’Equipe.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, left, was sacked by Man Utd last season (Picture: Getty)

“I know there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language, but I work differently. To win, many elements come into play, it’s a global context. I know what I need to win.”

Zidane has only ever managed one club, winning two La Liga titles and three consecutive Champions League titles in his two spells at Real. He added that there were only “two or three choices” in terms of other clubs he would manage.

Juventus, for whom he used to play, is said to be one, while Paris Saint-Germain is also another option after being heavily linked with replacing Mauricio Pochettino this summer.

“Never say never, especially when you’re the coach today,” added Zidane.

“When I was a player I had a choice, almost all clubs. Coach, there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. When I join a club, it’s to win. I say that in all humility. That’s why I have nowhere to go.’

Speaking about the third team, the Frenchman also revealed that his dream is to coach his country after winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a player, saying: “I’m not done with Les Bleus yet. Of course I want to do it.

‘I will be [France coach], I hope one day. When? It’s not me. But I want to come full circle with the French national team.

“I met this French team as a player. And it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. But really, it’s the high point. Ever since I went through that and now as a coach, the French team has stuck in my mind.”

“If the opportunity arises afterwards [the 2022 World Cup], I’ll be there. Again, it’s not up to me. My deep longing is there. The French national team is the most beautiful thing.”

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