Zinedine Zidane's Sensational Return to Football Management
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is making a comeback to football management, but there's a catch. The former French football star has quite the impressive record, both as a player and manager. He led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League victories and snagged the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice, along with a La Liga title and Supercopa.
However, there's a twist in this story. Zidane, who has never managed outside of Spain, has reportedly decided to make a move to a new club. According to France Blue Provence, he's reached an agreement with one of his former teams.
Zidane's New Destination: Olympique de Marseille
The reports suggest that Zidane is all set to become the manager of Olympique de Marseille, a football club based in France. But, there's a condition attached to this exciting development, and it's not with the club itself.
A Condition with Saudi Arabia
Zidane's agreement seems to be with Saudi Arabia, and here's the deal: he'll become the new manager of Marseille only if the club gets sold to the Gulf nation. However, this dream may have to wait a bit. The current owner, Frank McCourt, bought the club just seven years ago, and he's been pretty clear recently that the club is not for sale.
According to the reports, Saudi Arabia has its sights set on the French side, with big plans to turn it into the "Newcastle of France." Zidane isn't coming back for free; he's asked for a £260 million transfer budget, and Saudi Arabia has given the green light.
Zidane's Conditions: A Say in Recruitment
Zidane also wants a say in the club's recruitment if he's going to take the role. This request has been approved.
However, the final decision to sell the club to Saudi Arabia and bring Zidane back still rests with the owner, McCourt.
This news might be surprising since Gennaro Gattuso was recently appointed as the new coach at the club, but it seems the football world is full of surprises.
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