Four jobs that may attract Zidane as ex-Real Madrid manager hints at return

Despite enjoying two separate glittering spells in management, Zinedine Zidane is yet to return to the hot seat since leaving Real Madrid at the end of the behind-closed-doors 2020/21 season.

Claiming the Champions League on three occasions, as well as two La Liga titles, the famed Frenchman flirted with a return to the dugout last November but instead opted to snub the vacancy at Manchester United, stating he wasn't ready for a job in the Premier League.

Also previously linked with the top job at former club PSG, Zidane has teased his next managerial appointment might not be too far around the corner. He told RMC: "Do I miss being a coach? No, I’m never too far away from a job. But we’ll wait a little bit. Soon, soon."

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With Erik ten Hag slowly turning the tide at Old Trafford and Christophe Galtier soaring with the star-studded Parisians, Daily Star Sport examine where Zinedine Zidane could be headed…

France

Announcing his retirement from football by ploughing his head into the chest of Marco Materazzi, Zidane might believe he has unfinished business with Les Blues.

The Real Madrid hero was a World Cup winner under the management of Aime Jacquet in 1998, bagging two in the 3-0 final win over Brazil, with current gaffer Didier Deschamps lifting the trophy at the home-based tournament.

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Deschamps then guided France to their second World Cup four years ago, unchaining the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Despite their sensational run in Russia, Deschamps faced increasing calls to resign after Les Blues' early exit at Euro 2020. Another underwhelming performance in Qatar would inevitably see those calls resurface more vociferously than ever. Cue Zidane?

Juventus

Could Zidane succeed where Ronaldo failed and turn Juventus into genuine Champions League contenders? He won't this season.

The Serie A giants were dramatically dumped out of the competition on Tuesday evening (October 25) following a 4-3 loss to Benfica. Also sitting a lowly eighth in their domestic division, it seems that days are numbered for manager Massimiliano Allegri.

A return to Turin could be appealing to the 50-year-old, who has already succeeded in the dugout of a former side.

PSG

Yes, the Parisians are flying at the top of Ligue 1 and are unbeaten in the division under Christophe Galtier, but results in the Champions League will determine whether or not the ex-Nice boss is considered a success.

You need only look at how the latter end of Mauricio Pochettino's 18-month stint in the French capital panned out to realise domestic dominance will not guarantee job security.

The January transfer window could prove a decisive turning point in Galtier's tenure should Mbappe continue to demand Neymar's exit.

And if PSG fail to end their European hoodoo, Zidane's name is likely to once again ring around the Parc Des Princes.

England

The most outlandish shout out on this list for sure but there is a growing feeling that Gareth Southgate may have taken this England side as far as he can.

Despite steering the Three Lions to the last four of a World Cup, and the subsequent final of the European Championships, a torrid Nations League campaign has England fans despondent heading into the Qatari tournament.

Recent bosses Roy Hodgson and Sven-Goran Eriksen both lasted three major tournaments and if France continue to stand by Deschamps, Zidane may well be tempted by the opportunity to manage another 'golden generation'.

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