Bordeaux end Zidane pursuit as Sagnol deal nears

Luring the France legend away from the Santiago Bernabeu has proven too great a task for the Aquitaine side, who are set to put another great in charge of their side instead

Bordeaux have announced that they have broken off negotiations with Real Madrid assistant coach Zinedine Zidane, as the Ligue 1 side are expected to name Willy Sagnol as their next boss.

The Stade Chaban-Delmas club are without a figurehead for their team heading into the summer as Francis Gillot’s contract was not renewed, but though there was a possibility of ‘Zizou’ returning to the ground where he established himself as a top player in France, this has not been realised.

“Unfortunately, everything we have done has not been enough to sign Zidane,” president Jean-Louis Triaud explained to RTL. “I can confirm he will not be Bordeaux’s coach.

“The concern of Zidane is his attachment to Real Madrid. You cannot ignore that when both his children are in the club’s youth academy and his family are well adapted to living Madrid, where they have been for 11 years. It is a complicated situation.”

Willy Sagnol, the current France Under-21 boss, is the man hotly tipped to take charge of the 2009 Ligue 1 champions, though Triaud would not be drawn to name the identity of his next coach.

“I can assure you that we have an agreement with our future coach, but he cannot be named officially as there are still some details to complete,” the 64-year-old stated.

Triaud did reveal, however, that Bordeaux’s next boss will be “a great man of French football”, hinting towards the former Bayern Munich right-back, who was involved in the World Cup final defeat to Italy in 2006.

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