Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly considering the return of Zinedine Zidane to help aid his move for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Kylian Mbappe.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS (via Fichajes), Perez is interested in integrating Zidane into a technical management position and future planning. The Frenchman has been out of coaching since leaving Madrid in 2021.
Zidane's return could be used to try and help boost Los Blancos' pursuit of Mbappe. The legendary former player and coach of Real Madrid has influence over his fellow compatriot.
The La Liga giants are heavily interested in signing the 24-year-old who has told PSG that he won't be renewing his contract. That has led to Perez considering a swoop this summer rather than waiting for him in 2024. The Frenchman is the club's top target to replace Karim Benzema.
Mbappe bagged 41 goals and ten assists in 43 appearances across competitions. He was instrumental in the Parisians' Ligue 1 title triumph but a letter he sent to the club has infuriated the Parc des Princes hierarchy who may be willing to cash in on him this summer.
Zidane's potential return to Real Madrid could also have an impact on the likes of French duo Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni. New arrival Jude Bellingham has also said that the iconic Frenchman is his idol and he will don his famous No.7 shirt.
However, Zidane is more intent on returning to management in the dugout. He spent two spells with Madrid previously, winning three consecutive Champions League titles.
A potential return to the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat is not entirely out of the equation, too. Reports claim that current boss Carlo Ancelotti is being advised by those around him to reconsider staying with Los Blancos.
He has worries about the pursuit of the PSG striker, as he thinks the club are focusing all of their efforts on signing him and could miss out.
PSG failed to convince Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane to become Kylian Mbappe's new manager
PSG have a long-term interest in appointing Zidane as their manager but have failed to do so. The Frenchman's departure from Real Madrid in 2021 led to speculation that he would arrive at the Parc des Princes.
RMC Sport reported last year that the Parisians were eager to appoint the French tactician as their new manager after Mauricio Pochettino's sacking. However, Zidane eyed becoming the France job instead of a move to the French capital.
PSG may have been looking to do so to keep Mbappe satisfied at the Parc des Princes. They're also yet to win the Champions League since their Qatari takeover in 2011. That's something Zidane achieved on three straight occasions at Real Madrid.
Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps has since signed a new contract, which expires in 2026. So, Zidane will have a long while to wait if he does want to replace Deschamps.