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French legend Zinedine Zidane recently revealed his ambition to become a manager. The former French international has been appointed as the assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, but he says that the prospect of managing a team has been growing within him over the last few years. Zidane was initially expected to become a director of football at a major club, but he reveals that management is what he’s after right now. This has increased to the respect of the former Real Madrid man to take over the French national team.
Zidane’s last involvement with the national team was in the 2006 World Cup final when he managed to get himself sent off after head-butt on Inter Milan defender Materazzi. The French national team has been going through a transitional phase since then. They have been unable to hit the heights of recent years, which has led to the appointment of Didier Deschamps. He has managed to steady the ship and they are expected to do well at the 2014 World Cup. However, Deschamps has a contract with the national team only till 2016.
He is unlikely to renew it, as he may look to returning to club football. Deschamps says that Zidane could potentially be a future manager for the French national team.
“It’s possible. Why not? He has graduated, he wants to be in this place, so why not. After 2016, I don’t know what I’ll do,” said Deschamps.
France will be taking on Switzerland, Honduras, and Ecuador in the group E of the World Cup. Hence, they are rated as the favourites to get into the knockout stages, which they failed to do in the last World Cup. It was a forgetful affair for the national team, as it was marred by a lot of infighting within the team.
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Alan Pardew has stated that he is anxious about the transfer window and says that he wants it to end as soon as possible since there is a danger of losing one of his best players. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been linked with a move away from the club with the likes of Paris St Germain and Manchester United showing interest. PSG have been interested in the Frenchman for quite a while, but they have been publicly speaking about him in the last few weeks. Due to the enormous financial muscle, they have the capability to come in with a £ 25 million offer for him.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who has been struggling to run the club, will without doubt accept such an enormous offer should it come between now and the end of the transfer window. Even though this would be good for the club financially, it will be a very difficult situation for Pardew. He has managed to exceed expectations so far, as Newcastle have gone on a good run of form in the last few months. This has propelled them to the eighth place in the table and they are just one place below Manchester United.
This has increased the talk of Newcastle potentially finishing in the top five once again.
“All the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle are nervy and I will be nervous until it closes. Everybody is for sale at some price, but we’re conscious that we have a good team and we will try to keep it together. Yohan has almost a free role in the No. 10 shirt and he has enjoyed that. He has added goals to his game. The first one was a class individual goal – the touch and the way he moved and the sublime moment he took to finish it,” said Pardew.
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