Zinedine Zidane has made a firm decision about a return to management with Manchester United, while a Newcastle flop is a surprise big-money target for Bayern Munich, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
ZIDANE 100% WANTS MANCHESTER UNITED JOB
Zinedine Zidane wants to return to football management with Manchester United.
That’s according to The Sun, who have reported that the former Real Madrid manager is pining for a return to the dug-out – and has identified the Old Trafford hotseat as his next appointment.
Zidane has maintained a dignified silence on reports he is set to replace the under-fire Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, but the Frenchman has been heavily linked with the role and remains the bookmakers’ favourite to replace the Portuguese.
The paper claims Zidane is so desperate to take charge at United that he is undergoing an intense English language course in a bid to ensure he is ready to take charge of the Premier League side.
Mourinho’s future at United has come under intense scrutiny following a poor start to the season and due to a high-profile falling out with star man Paul Pogba.
United face a crucial clash against West Ham on Saturday, with anything less than a victory likely to see more questions asked about Mourinho’s future.
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AND THE REST
Bayern Munich are eyeing a swoop for Marseille winger and Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin to replace Franck Ribery (The Sun)
Dele Alli has handed Tottenham a blow with a new hamstring problem that rules him out of the Barcelona clash (Daily Mirror)
Maurizio Sarri has ordered Eden Hazard to put more effort into training if he wants to become the best footballer in the world (Daily Mirror)
Jack Grealish’s new Aston Villa contract contains a £45m release clause (The Times)
Gareth Southgate will watch Leicester’s James Maddison as he ponders an England call-up (Daily Telegraph)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers are suing a German newspaper over ‘illegal’ allegations (Daily Telegraph)
Paul Pogba has offered a cash reward after asking 25 Manchester United staff to look for his lost diamond earring (Daily Mail)
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told loanee Umar Sadiq he must show more to earn the shirt (Daily Mail)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes finding the next Gareth Bale is based on luck (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has insisted his team do not care more about the Champions League than winning the La Liga title (Daily Express)
Fulham’s teenage defender Ryan Sessegnon has bulked up and put on almost 7kg of muscle since the end of last season (Daily Express)