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Petit reveals Zidane 'learning English': But joining Man Utd...?

France World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit says Zinedine Zidane is learning English - though has questioned whether he'd be tempted by the Manchester United job.

Zidane is being linked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job at United, though his former France teammate Petit can't see such a move happening.

"I'm pretty sure after the 2022 World Cup Deschamps will leave the national team and join a club, he hinted at it in a press conference the other day," Petit said.

“Zinedine has been mentioned as the next France manager for years, ever since he left Madrid the first time, so it would not be a surprise for anyone if that was his next job."

While Petit did not rule out former Real Madrid coach Zidane taking the United job entirely, he explained why he does not anticipate such a move happening.

“If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages," the 51-year-old noted.

“There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone's ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

"Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

“I've been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it's important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don't believe it, to be honest.

“Of course, he's a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don't believe it."


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