Funny rumor launched Monday evening by the Spanish program El Chiringuito: PSG would think of Zinédine Zidane in the event of the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. A track a priori fanciful while the French coach is enjoying his free time since his departure from Real Madrid.
There was still a happy mess on Monday night on the Spanish show The beach bar. It is a bit the norm besides, especially one evening of pale performance of FC Barcelona. In the midst of criticism of the Catalan game and predictions on the very threatened future of Ronald Koeman, there was also talk of PSG. Under the banner promising an “exclusivity”, the journalist Eduardo Inda, former of El Mundo and Marca accustomed to release information on Real Madrid, thus announced: “Zidane is the plan B of the PSG” in the event of departure of Mauricio Pochettino.
This “revelation” may seem fanciful. First because an eviction of the Argentine technician is not on the agenda, even if rumors of a return to Tottenham stirred last summer. Certainly, Paris remains on two mixed collective performances in Bruges (1-1) and against Lyon (2-1) with its trio of stars Messi-Neymar-Mbappé. There was also the episode of the replacement of Lionel Messi. But the club have won their first six games in Ligue 1.
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Pochettino’s future (at least in the short term) is not in jeopardy. If that were to happen, the trail leading to Zidane might seem logical as he is one of the great coaches currently free along with Italy’s Antonio Conte. Zidane has also forged links with Qatar, the country of Parisian investors, as part of the promotion of the 2022 World Cup.
But a departure in the French capital would be experienced as a betrayal in Marseille – PSG’s great rival – the city where he was born and to which he is very attached. According to the latest indiscretions concerning Zizou, taking over a project would not be in his plans for the moment anyway.
He is targeting the France team and has reportedly refused offers
“Injured” by the end of his adventure at Real Madrid, he preferred to slam the door last May and has since been enjoying his free time with his family. He shares his moments of freedom on social networks. Zidane’s project would be to wait until 2022 before resuming a project. This one seems quite clear: to become coach of the France team. According to L’Equipe information published last July, Zizou does not plan to accept an offer from a club before taking the reins of the Blues. He would thus have rejected “a very large contract” in England and also very lucrative offers from the Gulf and Asia.
Didier Deschamps’ contract runs until the World Cup organized that year in Qatar and was not extended by Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation. The latter even made Zidane his priority in the event of Deschamps leaving. As long as Zizou is free.