Zinedine Zidane‘s future is up in the air after the French Football Federation announced Didier Deschamps’ four-year contract extension.
The Les Blues coach will stay put until the 2026 World Cup after leading the French national team all the way to the 2022 World Cup final, where they lost on penalties to Argentina.
Meanwhile, L’Equipe has looked into Zidane‘s options, as the former Real Madrid boss was considered the main candidate to replace Deschamps in the event the latter decided to depart France.
In an interview with the French publication back in June, Zidane expressed his desire to coach Les Blues in the future.
“I want to [become France coach], of course I do, and I will be, I hope, one day,” Zidane noted.
“When? It’s not up to me. But I want to come full circle with France. If it’s to happen, it will happen when it happens. Again, it’s not up to me. The France national team is the most beautiful thing there is.”
Brazil, Portugal and the United States are in search of new coaches following the 2022 World Cup.
L’Equipe claims that Zidane is respected in Brazil, but they believe that he won’t be interested in coaching another national team, stressing that the language barrier is also an important factor.
However, they do point out that a prodigious USMNT side could be an option for the French coach ahead of the 2026 World Cup, one which will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
As for Portugal, they have reportedly opted for former Belgium boss Roberto Martinez to succeed Fernando Santos.
Juventus could potentially be an option for Zidane, but Massimiliano Allegri has managed to help his team rediscover their form.
Finally, L’Equipe indicated that the Emir of Qatar Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani holds Zidane in very high esteem, but Zidane wouldn’t accept a Paris Saint-Germain offer if certain things don’t change at the club.