Zinedine Zidane: Why Former Real Madrid Boss Is Unwilling to Take Bayern Job

Zinedine Zidane: Why Former Real Madrid Boss Is Unwilling to Take Bayern Job

Rene Otinga
updated at April 20, 2024 at 10:09 AM
  • Zinedine Zidane has been linked with the Bayern Munich job
  • The Bavarians are set to part ways with Thomas Tuchel in June
  • Zidane has been tipped as a favourite to replace the German

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Zinedine Zidane has been linked with a sensational return to football management at Bayern Munich, but reports claim the Frenchman is apprehensive about the job.

The former Real Madrid manager has been without managerial work since leaving Los Blancos in 2021 after a second stint with the La Liga giants.

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Zinédine Zidane and Véronique Zidane attends the Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show on January 18, 2024 in Paris, France. Photo by Pierre Suu.
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Earlier this week, reports were rife that Bayern Munich was making strides towards making the 51-year-old Thomas Tuchel’s successor.

Bayern were keen on appointing Julian Nagelsmann, but were dealt a blow after he signed a contract extension to continue as Germany manager.

The German giants face an uphill task in trying to convince Zidane to come to the Allianz Arena, as the1998 Ballon d’Or winner is extremely picky when it comes to his next managerial job.

According to The Mirror, Zidane has been approached by the United States, Brazil and Algeria, but has turned them all down as he bids his time before landing his next job.

Can Zidane take Bayern job?

L’Equipe has thrown a damper into the rumours of Zidane to Bayern Munich, with the report claiming the Frenchman is more intent on taking over at Manchester United.

The Bayern managerial role is unappealing to Zidane for two major reasons, according to reports. Zidane does not fancy living in Bavaria and his limited German-speaking skills are also a major roadblock for him.

Regardless, the ease of winning trophies at Bayern coupled with the club’s financial muscle are great incentives for a manager of Zidane’s stature to consider.

As a manager, Zidane established himself as a great very early on after winning three Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

Zidane to Man United?

On the other hand, other reports claim Zidane would fancy taking over at Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag is growing under increasing pressure at Old Trafford, as his team is in danger of missing out on a European place.

Investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly has ‘dreams’ of Zidane as the next manager at Old Trafford.

How Zidane reacted to using Jude Bellingham’s locker

Sports Brief also reported on how Zinedine Zidane reacted after using Jude Bellingham’s locker.

This happened in March, when Zidane was joined by Raul, Steve McManaman and Luis Figo for a legends match.

Since the game was taking place at the Bernabeu, Zidane and co got to use their old dressing rooms, with the France international using Jude Bellingham’s locker.

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