Zinedine Zidane has turned down the opportunity to become the manager of Paris Saint-Germain after several approaches by the club.
According to multiple reports, the former Real Madrid manager was approached by the board of Paris Saint-Germain, to become their head coach this month. The 49-year-old, has been without a job since 2020, and the French champions thought there could be a chance for them to lure him to their club, but Zidane declined.
Zidane is rumoured to be very keen on becoming the Head coach of the French National team, should Didier Deschamps quit the job in the near future. For now, it looks quite unlikely for him to become the Head coach for the national team, as Deschamps has already qualified the team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but he would hope an opportunity would arrive in the future for him to take up his dream job.
Zidane’s coaching experience has only been with Real Madrid. He was appointed the Head coach for Real Madrid in 2016. He won the Champions League three consecutive times, a feat no manager has ever achieved. He also won the LaLiga twice during his first and second stint with the club. He decided to step down as the head coach of the club in 2018, but returned in 2019. After the 2019-20 season, he finally left the club.
The board of directors of PSG were hoping to have him due to his enormous experience in the Champions league.
Paris Saint-Germain are currently in advanced discussions with OGC Nice manager, Christophe Galtier to become their next manager, as an alternative to Zidane. Galtier is currently under contract with Nice and Paris Saint-Germain would have to reach an agreement with his club before he can join them. Nice are asking for a fee in the region of €10m, but PSG want to pay €8m for the manager. Talks are very advanced and it is likely Galtier would become the new manager for PSG for next season.
Paris Saint-Germain have already agreed to part ways with their manager, Mauricio Pochettino even though he won them the league last season. The club believe their ambition is to win the Champions league, and Pochettino would not be able to help them achieve that therefore, the need to appoint a capable manager for their project.
President Nasser Al Khelaifi, said this in a short interview with regards to the appointment of a new manager.
“We chose a different option other than Zidane. We have chosen a manager who will be better for what we are trying to put together.”
The club will go all out to complete the signing of a new manager as soon as possible, so they can plan for the season ahead.