Zidane explains why he couldn’t take Manchester United job as he drops big PSG and France hint

The former Real Madrid boss is eager to return to management, with an international position that appeals to him but admits he has few options

Zinedine Zidane has explained why he was not in a position to take charge of Manchester United now that there are managerial vacancies at Old Trafford, while also discussing possible roles at Paris Saint-Germain and France.

The Frenchman, who inspired his country to World Cup glory in 1998, has been out of work since he ended a second stint as Real Madrid boss in the summer of 2021.

He wants to return to the dugout but admits that personal ambition is keeping him out of the running for many roles, while the language barrier prevents him from ever becoming a serious contender for prominent positions in the Premier League.

Could Zidane manage Manchester United or PSG?

He wondered if he could ever end up at PSG, despite his strong ties to arch-rival Marseille, and if teams like Man Utd were an option in the past, Zidane said. L’Equipe: “Never say never. Especially if you are a coach these days.

“When I was a player I could choose almost any club. As a coach there are not 50 clubs I can go to. There are two or three options.

“When I go back to a club, it’s to win. I say this in all modesty. That’s why I have nowhere to go.

β€œI may not be able to go everywhere for other reasons. Which? The language, for example. Certain circumstances make it more difficult.

“When people say to me, ‘Do you want to go to Manchester?’ I understand English but not quite master it.

“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. Me, I know what I need to win. “