via Associated Press
SPORT – The rumor had agitated the football planet at the beginning of June before being denied. Finally, Zinédine Zidane will not come to train PSG from next season, confirms in an interview with Parisian Tuesday, June 21 club president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. Another name is on his list.
“I love Zidane, he was a fantastic player, of incredible class. An exceptional coach also with three Champions Leagues”, underlined the 48-year-old Qatari leader. But he puts the dots on “i”: “We never spoke with him, neither directly nor indirectly. Many clubs are interested in him, national teams too, but we have never discussed with him.
The information of his probable arrival to replace coach Mauricio Pochettino was revealed on June 10 by Europe 1 then RMC, who assured that an agreement was close between PSG and the former French footballer. A few days later, RMC revealed that despite discussions, Zinédine Zidane would have said no to the capital in the hope of succeeding Didier Deschamps at the head of the France team.
Ongoing discussions with Nice
Who then to replace Mauricio Pochettino, whose departure has not been officially announced, but who has been an open secret for some time? One name comes up regularly: Christophe Galtier, Nice coach. “We have a shortlist of coaches, we are discussing with Nice, it’s no secret, recognizes Nasser Al-Khalaïfi. I hope we will find an agreement quickly, but I respect Nice and the president [de l’OGC Nice] Rivère, everyone defends their interests.”
Champion of France with Lille in 2021, the French technician is under contract until 2024 with Nice. Buying out his two years of contract could raise the bill to 10 million euros for PSG, according to the press, a tidy sum which would be added to any severance pay to be paid to Pochettino and his staff.
The club, whose ambition for several years has been a victory in the Champions League, wants to change its mantra and move away from “bling bling”. “We stop saying, ‘We want to win this and this and this.’ We are building. You have to discipline yourself, on and off the field”, underlines the president of the club. Galtier’s mission, if he accepts, will therefore be to “create a real team, find a real collective spirit”.
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