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Zidane weighing up offer from Man United

Zinedine Zidane is ‘contemplating an offer’ to take the vacant Manchester United job in the summer.

Zinedine Zidane / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

• He remains among favourites to succeed Mourinho
Zinedine Zidane is ‘contemplating an offer’ to take the vacant Manchester United job in the summer.

The Frenchman has been out of work since he left Real Madrid after winning a third Champions League title in a row at the Bernabeu.

Zidane has been constantly linked with the Old Trafford job and is now one of the favourites to succeed Jose Mourinho, who was sacked earlier this week.

Now, according to Spanish outlet AS, Zidane is strongly considering whether or not to take the vacancy in Manchester.

The report suggests the Frenchman wanted his next career move to be in the Premier League and stated he wanted to return to the game in time for the 2019-20 season.

Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named interim manager on Wednesday to see the club through to the end of the season.

The club will then turn their attention to finding Mourinho’s long-term replacement at the end of the season.

An extensive search will be carried out, with officials hoping for a long-term appointment who can ensure the club challenge for a Premier League title they have not won since 2013.

The main candidates at present remain Zidane and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino. Ex-Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is also a contender after he left the Ligue 1 club earlier this season.

United are concerned they will be unable to convince Pochettino to leave his project at Tottenham though while Zidane has already spoken to the club and they have canvassed his ideas on new players. If he agrees to join he will want involvement from now on.