From 2016 to 2018 and again from March 2019 to the end of the 2021 season, the Frenchman was on the sidelines of the Royal club. Zidane has now been unemployed for a year. However, that could change in the next few days. As the well-informed journalist Daniel Riolo reports, Zidane is to become the new coach of Paris St.-Germain.
So the star ensemble wants to get rid of the coach Mauricio Pochettino. Since the beginning of the year and since the Champions League defeat against Real, there have been reports that the Argentine is about to be kicked out.
Now the time has come despite a contract that runs until 2023.
Zidane in PSG?
According to this, the club management around Qatar's governor Nasser Al-Khelaifi is said to have now convinced Zidane of a commitment to Paris.
The former star footballer had speculated on the job as French team boss, but coach Didier Deschamps is firmly in the saddle. The goal of the French sheik ensemble remains the same: Paris finally wants to win the Champions League.
And Zidane should be another building block for that. Riolo is certainly an expert when it comes to PSG. He predicted Lionel Messi's move just as early as Kylian Mbappe's contract extension.
When could a deal happen for Zidane at PSG?
No announcement would appear to be imminent, with Zidane's representative - Alain Migliaccio - claiming that no agreement has been put in place as yet.
He has told L'Equipe: “All these rumors are unfounded. "As of right now, I am the only person who can represent Zinedine Zidane. Neither Zidane nor myself have been directly contacted by PSG’s owner."
His relationship with Real Madrid
The Frenchman celebrated on his social media accounts after Real Madrid's victory in the Champions League final, but that's as far as he went. In fact, during the season there has been no contact or response from Zidane to messages received, including some from Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid fans may feel hurt if Zidane joins PSG, but the French coach is a professional who sees the Parisian club as a good option. Years ago, Zidane became an ambassador for the 2022 Qatar World Cup bid. At the moment he has no further links with Qatar beyond the occasional commercial appearance, as Adidas remain his main sponsor.