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Zidane wants to “close the loop” with the France team

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Axel Allag, Media365, published on Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 10:18 p.m.

As he celebrates his 50th birthday this Thursday, Zinédine Zidane gave a very long interview to the newspaper L’Equipe. A brief excerpt was unveiled on Wednesday evening and the former Real Madrid coach affirmed his desire to one day coach the France team.

Zinedine Zidane’s ambitions for the rest of his coaching career are clear. Triple winner of the Champions League consecutively with Real Madrid as a coach (2016, 2017, 2018), the native of Marseille will celebrate his 50th birthday this Thursday and he confided in L’Equipe in a long interview of six hours which will be on newsstands Thursday, but of which an extract was unveiled this Wednesday evening. Legend of French football, the 1998 champion and winner of Euro 2000 has a story to conclude with the Blues and has confirmed it.

The France team as a priority

His desire is to take over from Didier Deschamps as boss of the Blues, while the native of Bayonne is under contract with the France team until the World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18). “With the Blues it’s not over”Zidane told L’Equipe. The sports daily will be renamed, on the occasion of Zidane’s 50th birthday, “L’Équipe Zinédine”. A Zidane who spoke about his desire “to close the loop” with the national team and who, according to President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, has never been approached by PSG.

Totaling 108 caps and 31 goals with France as a player, he ended his career on July 9, 2006 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, during the final lost against Italy (1-1; 5 shots on goal to 3) when he was sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi during extra time.

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