EPL: Petit speaks on Zidane’s move to Man Utd as ex-Real Madrid boss learns English


Former Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has started learning the English language in preparation for a possible takeover at Manchester United.

The Frenchman is among the three top coaches listed as replacements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is under growing pressure to turn things around at United within the next few weeks.

However, Zidane’s former French national teammate and ex-Chelsea defender, Petit, is not convinced the former Real Madrid boss is interested in becoming United boss.

Petit believes Zidane might be learning English for some other reasons not necessarily to take over at Old Trafford.

“If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages,” Petit told booksmakers.co.uk.

“I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

“There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

“Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

“I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

“Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

Zidane has previously won two La Liga titles and three consecutive Champions League trophies as manager of Real Madrid before leaving the club at the end of last season for a second time.

Petit also feels any potential offer from United would be second on Zidane’s priority list with the chance to manage France if Didier Deschamps leaves after the Qatar 2022 World Cup taking his preference.

“That’s probably in his mind,” added Petit.

“I’m pretty sure after the 2022 World Cup Deschamps will leave the national team and join a club, he hinted at it in a press conference the other day.

“Zinedine has been mentioned as the next France manager for years, ever since he left Madrid the first time, so it would not be a surprise for anyone if that was his next job.”





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