In France, there is breaking news that could be definitive for Real Madrid from a certain point of view, as it involves a white legend who has been talked about a lot in recent weeks.
Canal + France suggests that Zinedine Zidane could definitively say goodbye to a third cycle at Real Madrid. While the Madrid executives are debating several names to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as the coach for the next season, the Franco-Algerian coach has reportedly received a proposal that he is very close to accepting.
This is not the first time this has happened, as Olympique de Marseille has already contacted Zidane several times. However, the French coach has rejected all of them. According to Canal + France, Zinedine Zidane would join the Marseille team only if its current owners hand it over to Saudi Arabia. The wealthy individuals from that country have shown interest and, following the Qatar model, they want to increase their presence in European football.
This transaction, according to journalist David Berger from Canal + France, would be estimated at “€400 million and €200 million in financing for transfers. And maybe it would happen in January.” Berger’s proposal would bring Zidane closer to Olympique de Marseille, a club and a city with which he has a special connection: he spent his childhood there.
With these €200 million and the club in the hands of Saudi owners, Zinedine Zidane could join the Vélodrome as a sporting director to manage the “resurrection” of one of France’s historical clubs that has lost its way and is currently much lower than it should be under normal circumstances. In France, it is understood that only Real Madrid could make Zidane change his mind.
However, the board of directors led by Florentino Pérez does not seem very inclined to a second return of Zidane. The Franco-Algerian may have completed his time at Real Madrid. The Madrid leaders are looking for a young coach with new and fresh ideas to lead the new sporting project based on young stars, and the ideal candidate is Xabi Alonso.
The potential departure of Zinedine Zidane from Real Madrid and his potential move to Olympique de Marseille with significant financial backing from Saudi owners has caused a stir in the football world. It remains to be seen whether Zidane will indeed leave the Spanish capital and take on a new challenge in France. The next few months will undoubtedly be interesting for both Zidane and Real Madrid as they navigate through this potential transition period.