Announced as a potential replacement for Christophe Galtier, Zinedine Zidane has caught the attention of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and obstacles in the way of his appointment seem to be falling away one by one.
After officially announcing his desire to return to coaching after more than a year’s break, Zidane has no shortage of suitors. While Christophe Galtier could be dismissed if PSG is eliminated in the Champions League Round of 16 by Bayern Munich on March 8th, the Qatari emir still dreams of bringing Zidane to Paris. Real Madrid in Spain has also considered bringing back its former coach, but Carlo Ancelotti quickly dismissed the idea.
Indeed, in a press conference on Friday, the coach of the Merengues clarified his future. “Do I think I will be here next season? Yes, yes. I do not need to extend my contract. I am calm. I just need to win matches,” said the Italian technician, whose contract expires in June 2024. This is good news for PSG, which has seen the path clearing further for Zidane in recent hours.
PSG Mercato: Graham Potter rules out Zidane move to Chelsea.
In addition to Real Madrid, Juventus Turin and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in Zinedine Zidane‘s services. However, the current situation at the Bianconeri does not encourage the 1998 World Champion to consider a return to Turin, and according to the current manager of the London club, the Blues are also unlikely to try to recruit him. Speaking to the media on Friday, Graham Potter openly admitted to attending a crisis meeting with his leaders and that his position is not at all threatened despite his group’s poor results.
“Sorry for the delay, I just came out of a crisis meeting. How did it go? Well, I’m still here,” said the English coach, adding, “Yes, I’ve spoken to the leaders and the same thing has always happened. There has always been support. I have been under pressure here for four months according to you (the media), with the same questions: ‘Have you talked to the owners? Do you have their support?’ It continues, and they’ve been great. They see where we are, but at the same time, they’re frustrated because the results are what they are, and we need to do better.“
Under contract until 2027, Graham Potter is still far from leaving Chelsea, thus closing the door to Zinedine Zidane in London. Another good news for Paris SG on Zizou‘s track.