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ZINEDINE ZIDANE has lifted the lid on why he turned down the chance to take charge of Manchester United last year.

The former Real Madrid gaffer, 50, was heavily linked with the Red Devils job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

1Zinedine Zidane has been out of a job since leaving Real Madrid at the end of the 2020-21 seasonCredit: Getty

It was even reported how the 1998 World Cup winner was taking English lessons to further fuel speculation he was to join United.

Though it was claimed that his wife Veronique did not want to live in Manchester.

Zizou ultimately snubbed a switch to Old Trafford, resulting in Ralf Rangnick being appointed on an interim basis.

And Zidane, who hasn't had a managerial job since departing the Bernabeu in May 2021, has now opened up on why he never decided to link up with United.

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Speaking to L'Equipe, Zidane said: "When I'm told: 'Do you want to go to Manchester?' I understand English but I don't fully master it.

"I know there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language. But I work differently.

"To win, many elements come into play. It is a global context. I know what I need to win.

"So, of course you can't win but I know it takes at least this, this and this. And I want to put everything on my side to optimise the victory."

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Zidane has also been linked with the vacant Paris Saint-Germain job following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

And the Los Blancos legend has hinted he would welcome a move to Parc des Princes in the future, as he remarked: "Never say never.

"Especially when you're a coach nowadays. When I was a player, I could choose, almost every club.

"As a coach, there aren't fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities.

"If I go back to a club, it's to win. I say this in all modesty. That's why I can't go anywhere."

Though Zidane has stressed that it is his dream to manage France's national team.

He stated: "I'm not finished with Les Bleus. I want to do it, of course. I will be [France coach], I hope, one day. When? That's not up to me.

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"It is the peak. So, since I went through that and now I am a coach, the French team is firmly anchored in my head."

Before adding: "My deepest desire is there. The French national team is the most beautiful thing there is."

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Andy Goram dead: Former Rangers, Man Utd and Scotland goalkeeper dies aged 58 after short battle with cancer

RANGERS legend Andy Goram has passed away aged 58.

The retired goalkeeper was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer earlier this year and was given less than six months to live.

1Andy Goram has passed away aged 58Credit: PA

And he's tragically lost his short battle with the disease.

Rangers paid tribute to their former stopper on Twitter, tweeting: "Rangers Football Club are today deeply saddened to announce the death of our legendary goalkeeper, Andy Goram, following a short battle with cancer.

A full club statement read: "Rangers Football Club are today deeply saddened to announce the death of our legendary goalkeeper, Andy Goram, following a short battle with cancer.

"Goram, 58, made 260 appearances for Gers between 1991 and 1998. In that time, he won five league titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

"His performances in the inaugural UEFA Champions League in 1992/93 were outstanding, as Gers defeated English champions Leeds United to qualify for the tournament, before coming within a whisker of reaching the final.

"Goram was also something of an Old Firm specialist, and as the decade progressed and clashes between the two became more and more important, he was often the difference between the two sides with some astonishing saves.

"In a 1999 supporters’ poll, he was voted the Greatest Rangers Goalkeeper of all time, and after retirement, was still a regular face around Ibrox on matchdays and still wowed the crowd with some memorable appearances in legends teams.

"Born in Bury, Goram began his career at Oldham Athletic before moving north to play with distinction for Hibernian from 1987 to 1991 prior to his big move to Ibrox.

"After Rangers, he was to feature for Notts County, Sheffield United, Motherwell for three seasons, Manchester United, where he helped the Red Devils claim the Premier League in 2001; Hamilton Accies, Coventry, another spell at Oldham, Queen of the South and then lastly Elgin City.

"Indeed, his spell at Palmerston with Queens saw him become the first player to complete the set of Scottish medals when he claimed a Challenge Cup medal to go alongside winners’ prizes in the Scottish top flight, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

"Internationally, Goram won 43 caps for Scotland and was the first-choice goalkeeper for both Euro 92 and Euro 96 in Sweden and England respectively for the Scots.

"He is a member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame, and was named both the Scottish PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 1992/93 – arguably the strongest campaign in Rangers’ history.

"Goram also won international caps for Scotland as a cricketer, and remains the only person to have played a first-class international match at cricket as well as a major international football match for Scotland.

"The thoughts of the directors, management, players and staff are today with Andy’s family, and would ask that their privacy is respected at this sad time. Funeral details will be communicated in due course."


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