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Zinedine Zidane reportedly set to be named new Bordeaux manager

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Real Madrid assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane is reportedly set to be named manager of French Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux, his first head coaching position at the club where he made a name for himself as a player.


According to French television, i-TELE Foot, Zidane will leave Real Madrid this summer and join Bordeaux in a deal that is “90% finalised.”

While it is all speculative at the moment, Zidane recently made clear that he’s keen to take the next step in his coaching career, in an interview with Audi.

“[After I retired from football] I just wanted to enjoy my family, my children, because for 16 or 18 years I was only in football and completely focused on that. And when I left football, I made it a point to dedicate myself to that. Now, I have the desire to do something, to return to football and show once again that I can contribute something to this profession as a coach.

“As a player, you play your game and then you go home. Now it’s different, a manager is responsible for 23 or 25 players and it’s a completely different job, I like it in every possible way, but it’s different. When you start the games, it’s the players who make the difference.”

As of publication, neither Bordeaux nor Real Madrid have issued a statement.

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