Zinedine Zidane ‘wanted the France team’ and doesn’t fancy Brazil job, claims Pires


Zinedine Zidane is seeking a way back into top-level coaching and was linked with the France job before Didier Deschamps signed a new deal.

Zinedine Zidane sorely wanted to become head coach of France and has no interest in bossing Brazil, according to his friend and former team-mate Robert Pires.

Zidane looked set to grant his private wish as Didier Deschamps wavered over his future after France lost the World Cup final to Argentina in December.

But Deschamps subsequently signed up for another term as Les Bleus boss, agreeing to stay in the role he held from 2012 until the 2026 World Cup.

There have been suggestions that Zidane, who has not coached since his second stint as Real Madrid boss after the 2020-21 season, could be in charge of Brazil, who are looking for a new coach after Tite stepped down.

After speaking with Zidane, Pires said: “What he wanted was the France team. Well, we know it won’t be possible because Didier is going again for four years.”

“Now he has to change direction a bit by going to a club. Of course, there are not many clubs that can afford Zizou.”

Regarding Zidane’s thoughts on Brazil, Pires told Canal Plus: “I say what I feel: Brazil, no. Because there is a language, and he wants to understand what happens when things don’t go well.”

“You have to speak good Portuguese for that. Brazil was not relevant to him.”

Pires was a long-time France teammate of Zidane, winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 together.

Zidane’s successor in Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, has been heavily linked with Brazil in recent days, with speculation that he could move to the Selecao at the end of the season.

That would create a potentially tempting opening at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Zidane would also be a likely candidate at Juventus, another former club from his playing days, should Massimiliano Allegri’s tenure in Turin come to an end.

He could even be a candidate if the opportunity arises at Paris Saint-Germain, although he was born in Marseille and has previously hinted that the PSG job may not be for him, given the fierce rivalry between the Parisians and OM.

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