Zinedine Zidane “wants to coach the France national team” as his next challenge – but will have to wait with Didier Deschamps who will stay at least until next year’s World Cup.
The former Real Madrid coach is the big favorite to replace Deschamps at the end of his term with the Blues.
Reports in France indicate that Zidane “is considering almost nothing other than a position in charge of the national team”, but knows he will have to be patient.
Zinedine Zidane “does not consider any other challenge than the position in the France team” but will have to be patient so that Didier Deschamps remains in office until the World Cup next year
Deschamps continues in his post despite the disappointment of leaving Euro 2020 prematurely
French sports newspaper L’Equipe reports that Zidane “wants the position in the French national team” and is “ready to wait” for the position to become available
This comes as it has been confirmed that Deschamps will lead the team in their World Cup defense in Qatar next year despite their disappointing early exit in Switzerland at Euro 2020.
France were considered favorites to add the European Championship to their world crown, but lost 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the round of 16.
The defeat led to calls for Zidane, whose second Real Madrid stint ended in May, to replace Deschamps.
But following a meeting with the president of the French Football Federation Noël Le Graet on Wednesday, Deschamps will stay a little longer.
France lost on penalties to Switzerland in the round of 16 as Euro 2020 favorites crashed
An argument involving Paul Pogba (left), Raphaël Varane (center) and Benjamin Pavard had erupted amid discord in the camp
When asked if Deschamps would be in charge of next year’s World Cup, Le Graet said: “The answer is yes.
“We met on Wednesday and solved the problem in three minutes. His desire to continue is strong and mine too. There was no debate.
So Zidane, 49, will have to wait at least another year, but reports from L’Equipe suggest he will wait for the national team vacancy.
Zidane won the Champions League three times in his first stint as Real Madrid manager
Deschamps, who started the job in 2012 and is France’s longest-serving boss, will see the rest of his contract, which expired in December next year after the World Cup in Qatar.
Zidane, who scored 31 goals in 108 appearances for France as a player and won the World Cup in 1998, is said to be a strong candidate following his success with Real.
He won three consecutive Champions League titles in his first stint and won the LaLiga title in 2019-2020 on his second stint.