Back to back Champions League victories and claiming La Liga last term has put Zinedine Zidane already in the bracket as one of the greatest managers in Real Madrid's history. Los Blancos do not look like slowing down yet as they convincingly beat Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup and currently take a 3-1 lead into the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana against rivals Barcelona. With that in mind, why would Zidane even think of leaving? After signing a new contract extension, the...
The most likely destination would be the club where he spent five years in Turin as a player.
Between 1996 and 2001, Zidane was building a name for himself as one of the greatest players in the world. While in Italy, he won two Serie A titles, a UEFA Super Cup and the SuperCoppa Italia to name a few.
However, the Champions League eluded him and after defeating them as boss of Real Madrid in June, he may see the challenge of helping the Old Lady to a third Champions League crown, which they have not lifted since 1996.
If his wave of success eventually ends in the Spanish capital, it's expected that a number of clubs will come calling to tempt the World Cup winner to their team as manager. One likely suitor would be Paris Saint-Germain, who have swept all before them in recent times (barring last year's Monaco success) domestically.
Although they have exceeded expectations since Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, so far the Champions League has eluded the solitary team in the French capital. With recent acquisitions like Brazilian duo Neymar and Dani Alves, they are building a squad worthy of fighting for the prestigious European trophy and convincing Zidane to manage PSG could be a game changer.
As a player Zidane was a genius with a ball at his feet, a fine mixture of physical strengths and a delicate touch made him a formidable midfielder. His success as their talisman during the 1998 World Cup and European Championship victories made the former Real Madrid and Juventus star a god in his adopted France.
Now, after years of under-achieving despite a number of talented stars such as Paul Pogba,
Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kanté and Ousmane Dembélé, Les Bleus need the right manager to guide a team full of potential stars.
Current boss Didier Deschamps and Zidane's former captain at international level has not delivered as coach as of yet, so the national team position could become vacant depending on next year's success in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
As Manchester United started Jose Mourinho's second season in charge with an emphatic 4-0 win against West Ham at the weekend, this could be the year that the Red Devils return to the top of English football. The Portuguese coach and former Real Madrid boss is well-known for succeeding in his second year after learning the flaws of his squad.
However, what we also know of Mourinho is he rarely stays beyond three years at any club. At Los Blancos, Chelsea, Porto and Inter Milan, he achieved great success but never stayed around long enough to bask in the glow. Therefore, with that in mind, the Red Devils could need a successful manager to follow on from the good work Mourinho has done to date. Zidane could be the man to follow at Old Trafford.
While Zidane has made easy work of his time as manager of Real Madrid, in recent years Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has struggled to replicate such form at the helm in north London. Despite signing a new two-year deal in the summer, the Frenchmen is now 67 and it could be his last deal in the Premier League.
If Arsenal do not challenge in the next two seasons for major honours, the board could turn to the recent success of Zidane to guide the club in a new era post-Wenger. The current Gunners boss, who has always been a target for the national team and PSG on several occasions, could take one of the two coveted positions to allow Zidane a new challenge in London at the Emirates.