Zinedine Zidane wants to replace Jose Mourinho next year

Annette Crawford
August 15, 2018

The Frenchman wants to do his next managerial work in the Premier League next season and is keeping tabs on Mourinho's situation at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mirror, via French publication L'Equipe, reports that the former Real Madrid coach "wants to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as early as next season".

Roma's Monchi has also been on the radar and it has been claimed that Manchester United have also made exploratory contact with Novara's Domenico Teti, a highly respect operator in Italy.

While the Portuguese manager has remained in charge of United, for the time being, this latest report states that Zidane would be willing to wait until the 2019/20 season to take over the reins at the Manchester club.

The French legend also won La Liga with Madrid in 2017, as well as two Club World Cup trophies during his two-and-a-half years as first-team manager at the Bernabeu.

Zidane, 46, turned his hand to coaching in 2014 with Real Madrid's Castilla side, and was promoted in January 2016 following Rafael Benitez's exit.

Mourinho is adamant that last season's second-placed finish in the Premier League should be considered as one of his biggest achievements, despite finishing 19 points behind Manchester City.

Several factors, including the success of Txiki Begiristain at rivals Manchester City as well as a turbulent summer transfer window amid murmurings of discontent between chairman Ed Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho, are said to be reasons behind the move. The Portuguese defender travelled with the United squad to U.S. for their pre-season tour but was under a special training program separate from the rest of the team.

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