Zidane Hints At Early Return To Management

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Zinedine Zidane is the hottest free agent in football management at the moment.

The Frenchman won it all as a player in Europe, and went on to make history as manager of Real Madrid, leading Los Blancos to three consecutive UEFA Champions League crowns.

But the former Madridista has since announced his resignation as manager of the historic club, and is now in search for a new challenge after a brief spell out of action.

But if his comments to Spanish broadcaster TVE are to be believed, he could be itching to make a return to management. The Frenchman stated: ‘Yes, surely. Soon I will return to training because it is what I like and is what I have done all my life.’

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These comments come just after reports suggested that the legend was eyeing the job at Manchester United after a string of poor results for Jose Mourinho. In fact, the former is even reported to have gone to the extent of telling his friends that he has already identified three transfer targets to transform his new club into a top team again.

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These players are said to be Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, and Thiago Alcantara, two of which have already played under Zidane at Real Madrid.

Zidane’s desire to be a coach again is in keeping with the general consensus of his former teammates as well as disciples at Real Madrid, who saw him as a player that always gave his 100% and never slacked off during training.

Multiple reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho could be just moments away from the dreaded sack, and with some big games coming up for the Red Devils, this would be the moment of reckoning for the Portuguese boss desperate to make things right.

Mourinho would know that if he falters, there will be a very capable and eager replacement waiting on the sidelines.