Zinedine Zidane 'has REJECTED offer to become new coach of the USMNT'
Zinedine Zidane ‘has REJECTED an offer to become the new coach of the USMNT amid ongoing investigation into former boss Gregg Berhalter’… and ex-Real Madrid manager doesn’t want to take charge of a national team unless it’s France
- Zinedine Zidane was reportedly offered the chance to manage the USMNT
- But the France and Real Madrid legend is said to be holding out for his country
- Zidane would have to wait until 2026 after Didier Deschamps’ new contract
- The USMNT job is currently vacant after Gregg Berhalter’s contract expired
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Zinedine Zidane has turned down an offer to manage the USA men’s national team according to the new report.
The news comes from France’s L’Equipe, who say Zidane is not interested in managing a national team other than France.
According to the report, Zidane also turned down the Brazil and Portugal jobs.
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly turned down a chance to manage the USA national team
The USA job is currently vacant after Gregg Berhalter’s contract expired at the end of last year.
And US Soccer has been mired in controversy over the last week as Danielle Reyna, the mom of winger Gio Reyna, admitted to sharing information with the federation about a 31-year-old domestic violence incident involving Berhalter and his future wife, Rosalind.
Before Reyna’s admission, Berhalter released a statement saying that a third party – reported to be his ex-teammate Cladio Reyna, according to ESPN – had contacted US Soccer during the tournament threatening to ‘take down’ the coach.
Danielle Reyna was unhappy at the treatment of her son Gio by Berhalter at the World Cup
Berhalter admitted he committed the ‘shameful’ act of kicking his wife as an 18-year-old, with he and US Soccer confirming there was an active investigation into the matter.
Nonetheless, the 49-year-old said Thursday in an interview with the Harvard Business Review that he would like to continue on as USMNT coach.
‘It’s a fantastic group of players, super high potential in this group… it would be an amazing challenge for this team [competing in the 2026 World Cup in the US, Mexico and Canada],’ he said.
For Zidane, 2026 could also be a significant year, though likely in a different way.
The French Football Federation confirmed Saturday that they had signed coach Didier Deschamps to a four-year extension on the heels of the team’s runner-up finish in Qatar.
Didier Deschamps has signed a four-year contract extension with France’s national team
That of course means at least another four years of waiting for Zidane, though he is prepared to do just that according to L’Equipe.
Berhalter may have coached his last game for the USMNT, but he led the team to a respectable finish in Qatar.
The Stars and Stripes escaped from a group with England, Wales and Iran, and outplayed the Three Lions in a tight 0-0 draw.
The USA’s tournament ended in the round of 16 with a 3-1 loss to Holland.
Brazil and Portugal didn’t go much further, losing to Croatia and Morocco respectively in the quarterfinals.
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