Ex-Real Madrid coach Zinedine is happy to wait for the France national team job to become available rather than rush back into club football, even though Didier Deschamps is expected to remain in the role until at least the 2022 World Cup when his contract expires.
Zidane ended his second spell as Real coach at the end of last season. He had won La Liga in 2019/20 but failed to replicate the incredible success of his first stint in charge amid need for a fairly substantial squad overhaul and rebuild in challenging financial times.
The 49-year-old was briefly linked with Juventus following the departure of Andrea Pirlo, but Massimiliano Allegri ended up returning to his former role there instead.
Prior to Euro 2020, Zidane had already been tipped to wait for the France job whenever it became available. It was possible that things could have been sped up by Les Bleus’ disappointing tournament, which ended with defeat to Switzerland in the first knockout round.
But with a quick decision reached on Deschamps continuing in the job, Zidane will have to be patient after all. If the current boss leads France to the next World Cup in November and December of 2022, the position won’t be available for Zidane until the start of 2023.
L’Equipe reports that isn’t a problem for him. He is still ‘ready to wait’ and can imagine almost ‘nothing other’ than becoming France head coach. In the meantime, it is also said that he has been enjoying spending time with his family since leaving Real in late May.
Zidane would be looking to follow in Deschamps’ footsteps as a member of France golden generation that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 to then go on and enjoy similar success as manager. Deschamps took France to the final of Euro 2016 and then in 2018 joined an exclusive list of individuals to have won the World Cup as both a player and manager.
Were Zidane to take over at the start of 2023, his first tournament cycle would be the 2024 European Championship in Germany, potentially followed by the 2026 World Cup jointly held by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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