Zinedine Zidane Responds to Monaco and Bordeaux Rumours, Denies Madrid Exit

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Real Madrid's assistant manager Zinedine Zidane looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Update from Thursday, May 8

Zinedine Zidane has moved to clarify rumours over his future, insisting he has had no contact with Monaco or Bordeaux over a possible coaching role.

The Real Madrid assistant said told L'Equipe, as reported by AS via Eurosport:

As always, everyone is talking a lot. And as always, I am compelled to respond.

I have not had contact, even remotely, with Monaco, as I’ve heard. In short, I have not had contact with anyone.

I’m under contract to Real Madrid, I’m with Real and my priority is Real, the League and the Champions League final. Full stop.


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Contrary to speculation, Zinedine Zidane is not on the verge of being named Bordeaux's next manager, according to club president Jean-Louis Triaud.

Zidane is currently assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid but has been linked with a return to his former club.

Triaud responded to the story on Wednesday, as quoted by Goal.com: "Zidane? It's a rumour. When the time comes and we're ready to talk about next season, we'll speak again."

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot during a Pre Season Friendly between Barnsley and Bordeaux at Oakwell Stadium on July 25, 2013 in Barnsley, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Current Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot has seen his side win just two of their last 10 games, falling to seventh place after looking like potential top-four contenders at the beginning of the campaign.

Get French Football reports the manager confirming his fate to French magazine Sud-Ouest, saying he won't remain in the role past the end of this season:

"Zizou" spent four years with Bordeaux after arriving from Cannes in 1992. His greatest achievements at the Stade Chaban-Delmas were a runners-up medal in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup and a 1995 Intertoto Cup crown.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Carlo Ancelotti (L) of Real Madrid CF shake hands with his assistant coach Zinedine Zidane (R) during the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Be
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The 41-year-old has no prior experience as a first-team manager, but studying under Ancelotti for the past year will have been an educating experience, as Los Merengues have rampaged their way to a Champions League final date opposite Atletico Madrid.

However, Goal.com's Robin Bairner points out that Bordeaux's financial situation and limitations on the pitch could be a deal-breaker in this instance:

Bordeaux finished seventh in last season's Ligue 1 standings. Were it not for a collapse of four losses in their last five games, the club could have made a push for top-four football.

Should he be appointed to the role, Zidane will look to ensure such disappointments become a thing of the past, edging the outfit into the next stage of their advancement as a French power.

There is one small question mark over the fate of Zidane's son Enzo should he choose to move, as the Bordeaux-born 19-year-old is currently a part of Real's youth ranks.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 11:  Enzo Fernandez (son of Zinedine Zidane) of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Final match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Real Madrid at Stade Charlety on March 11, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by De
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Having spent a great deal of his career at the Bernabeu, the 1998 World Cup hero will have grown accustomed to a certain standard being maintained in any setup he's involved with.

Providing he feels Bordeaux can meet those expectations, French football could have a nostalgic reunion on its hands before the 2014-15 campaign kicks off.