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Football: Bordeaux president rules out Zidane return

Published on May 22, 2014 6:33 AM
This file picture dated on Dec 5, 2013 shows French footbal star Zinedine Zidane giving a press conference on the eve of the Brazil 2014 FIFA Football World Cup final draw, in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France legend Zinedine Zidane will not be appointed coach of Bordeaux next season, the Ligue 1 club’s president Jean-Louis Triaud confirmed on Wednesday, ending speculation about a return to his former club.

“No, Zidane will not be the future coach of Bordeaux,” Triaud told French radio station RTL.

“I’m not going to deny that we have kept in touch regularly. Unfortunately that hasn’t allowed us to be able to recruit Zidane.

“There is certainly a concern for Zinedine Zidane, it’s his attachment to Real Madrid. You can’t ignore the fact his two children are part of the club’s academy or that his family is very settled in Madrid having lived there for over 11 years, it’s a complicated situation,” added the Bordeaux president.

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