date of publication:
November 23, 2021 6:00 GMT
Update date: November 23, 2021 8:45 GMT
Press reports indicated that Frenchman Zinedine Zidane may become technical director of Paris Saint-Germain within a few weeks, if Argentine Mauricio Pochettino returns to the Premier League to train Manchester United following the dismissal of Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The rumors that emerged in England after Solskjaer’s sacking have become a reality in France, which is considered for granted, as if the Argentine coach signs the Manchester United contract, Zidane will be the new coach of PSG.
As the French newspaper “Le Parisien” said, Paris Saint-Germain has already made many contacts with Zidane to make him his new coach.
The former Real Madrid coach maintains a strong and close relationship with Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, as he is a shareholder in the Qatar Sports Investments Group and an ambassador for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
In addition, in Paris, they see contracting him as the last hope to convince Kylian Mbappe to continue at the club and renew his contract, because Zidane is a role model for all French players, especially Mbappe, with whom he has a close relationship, and his presence will decide his decision to stay.
Since his departure from Real Madrid, Zidane wants to coach a team as soon as possible, despite the fact that everyone is placing him as the only candidate to replace his former captain Didier Deschamps in coaching the French national team after the World Cup in Qatar.
On the other hand, Pochettino wants to leave Paris after disagreements with the Brazilian sporting director Leonardo and the lack of room to maneuver in the decision.
Al-Khelaifi needs a star coach
With United interested in Pochettino, all the possibilities that would surely rock European football have opened up. Of course, the option of Zidane joining Paris Saint-Germain was on the table. It must be remembered that the French coach had already turned down an offer from Manchester United due to the English language handicap and his family’s decision not to live in Manchester.
Journalist Miguel Angel Moya spoke on the Spanish station Movistar about the situation of the coach of Paris Saint-Germain and presented a vision that has not been discussed so far, saying: “Perhaps what Al-Khelaifi needs is to sign a star coach. Which coach could be in this superstar circle? There is only Zidane, who was a star as a player and as a coach.”
Compared to the previous coaches of the Paris club such as Unai Emery, Pochettino or Thomas Tuchel, they are all great coaches but they are not what Zidane was as a player. Perhaps if someone arrives with this aura as a star coach, he will be respected and feared by the players.”