President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, has revealed that he turned down a request from Zinedine Zidane to succeed Laurent Blanc as national coach in 2012.
The former Real Madrid play maker retired from international football after a highly controversial 2006 World Cup in Germany - where France emerged runners up to winners Italy. Zidane was undoubtedly one of the greatest players to have ever played for the French side and it widely considered a legend in his home country.
After his retirement from playing football there were plenty of rumours as to where he would eventually end up. However Noel claimed that Zizou approached him to become France coach.
"Zinedine Zidane would have liked to have taken charge of Les Bleus," Le Graet is quoted as saying in his book.
"It's clear: he wanted it. I met him at his request."
Didier Deschamps was appointed Les Bleus' boss after the side's exit to Spain but it could have been different. Moreover, the Federation president hinted that the Madrid legend was not fully ready to assume such a demanding position - without being a club first team coach first.
"It wasn't the time. He needed to take charge of a team first," he wrote.
Zidane has since become an assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid; he was also recently touted as the potential successor of Claudio Ranieri at Monaco by the French media.
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