Zinedine Zidane could keep Manchester United waiting as reports claim he tried to quit Real Madrid in January because he felt drained. Zidane has been linked with the United job as Jose Mourinho’s future looks more and more uncertain in the light of recent results and another reported fall-out with a key member of his squad.
Alexis Sanchez, who travelled to London but didn’t even make the bench for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham, is the latest star name to be given the chop, days after Mourinho informed the squad that Paul Pogba would never captain the club again under him.
Zidane, who has been on holiday in London this week, is a prime candidate to take over should United part company with Mourinho but Marca have cast some doubt on the Frenchman’s readiness to step back into the spotlight after just a few months away.
The newspaper claims Zidane wanted to walk out on Real Madrid in January because he felt drained after his side’s stunning Copa del Rey exit to Leganes.
President Florentino Perez was able to persuade the iconic former Real player to continue and it proved to be a good move as Zidane led the club to their third successive Champions League title last May.
The 46-year-old has already turned down many offers to return to top-level coaching and United know it won’t be easy to persuade him to take over at Old Trafford midway through a season which is steadily going off the rails.