Man Utd blow as Zinedine Zidane has ‘pretty much agreed’ his next job

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Manchester United are set to miss out on the chance of appointing Zinedine Zidane as their next manager because the Frenchman has already reportedly agreed his next job. Zidane is among the favourites to take over at United if they were to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are also high on the club’s wishlist.

Zidane has been out of work since resigning as Real Madrid boss for the second time at the end of last season.

The Frenchman’s managerial credentials were there for everyone to see in his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu.

Zidane led a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real side to three successive Champions League trophies.

And with the former midfielder out of work, not many could argue against United’s interest in him.

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However, French football expert Julien Laurens claims it is very unlikely Zidane will take the job at Old Trafford.

That is because he has already “pretty much agreed” to take over from France boss Didier Deschamps when his compatriot calls it a day.

Laurens told ESPN FC: “He knows that whenever Deschamps steps down, which more likely will be after the World Cup in Qatar in just a year’s time, or maybe after the Euros in 2024 in Germany, but sooner rather than later that job will be available.

“And it’s Zidane’s, it’s pretty much all agreed, we all know that he’s the one coming next after Deschamps.

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“So for him to go to United and signing a two-and-a-half-year deal or a three-and-a-half-year deal doesn’t make much sense if in a year’s time he has to step down from the United job to go and take the France job.”

Zidane’s former France team-mate Emmanuel Petit has claimed the 49-year-old has been learning English recently.

But Laurens is still not convinced the former World Cup winner would want the United job.

He added: “On top of that, the fact that it’s England, where he’s never really been keen on as a player or a manager, where he doesn’t speak the language, which is a huge issue for him who bases a lot of his management on man-management, and being able to have that relationship with his players, mostly by being very close to the dressing room.

“If you don’t speak the language, there is a barrier between you and them, you and your players.

So despite Ronaldo and [Raphael] Varane being at the club, I still think it’s a very long shot to get Zidane.”

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