Zinedine Zidane has broken his silence and hinted he is ready to step back into management after over a year out of the game. The legendary French manager has been enjoying an extended sabbatical since abruptly leaving Real Madrid in the summer of 2021, but in an exclusive interview, Zidane revealed his ambition to return soon.
Speaking to Téléfoot, Zidane said:
“You can’t rule anything out. I know what I want and what I don’t want. If I’m having this break it’s because I should. I hope to tell myself that soon, I will be able to coach.”
Zidane’s comments will spark renewed interest from top clubs across Europe who had fruitlessly courted his signature over recent months.
Despite reported interest from Qatari and Saudi owners, as well as an approach from Juventus, Zidane does not seem keen to rush into any role that is offered to him.
The man who led Real Madrid to an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 to 2018 is determined to find the right project, though that does not necessarily mean waiting for the French national team position as had been anticipated.
With Carlo Ancelotti facing increasing pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid could well provide the fairytale return Zidane seems destined for. The Frenchman remains a legend in the Spanish capital after his playing days and first successful spell in charge, and would likely be welcomed back as a prodigal son should Ancelotti depart.
After over a year recharging his batteries, the football world waits with bated breath to see where one of the all-time managerial greats will turn up next. Zidane’s shock reveal that he is preparing for a comeback can only mean one thing: the magician is ready to emerge from the shadows and pull another rabbit from the hat.