With Zinedine Zidane having often been linked with Manchester United of late, it has now been reported that the former Real Madrid coach would only be prepared to join the English giants on one condition.
The Frenchman is on a sabbatical after winning nine trophies in just two and a half years at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Jose Mourinho’s situation at United remains uncertain despite his side’s 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
The club’s bosses, among them vice-chairman Ed Woodward, are reportedly meeting this week to discuss both Mourinho’s situation and Zidane as a potential replacement, according to The Independent.
It has been claimed that the Red Devils’ executives are split on both issues, and that Zidane would only be prepared to take charge if he gets full control of transfers. The English publication also maintains that the former Real boss has reservations about the strength of United’s current squad and would be keen to make some changes as a result if he is brought on board.
Zidane’s agent dismissed the tactician’s interest in coaching in England this week, but some feel those comments are really just some public posturing and reflect how strong his position is ahead of any job negotiation.
“He’s decided to take a year out and he won’t go back on that. I don’t think he’s going to England, it’s not his style,” his agent, Alain Migliaccio, told Journal du Dimanche earlier this week.
“I’ve talked to him and the truth is that it doesn’t appeal to him.”