Man United sent Zinedine Zidane update as fresh competitor for former Real Madrid manager emerges

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane -Credit:Ibrahim Ezzat/Anadolu via Getty Images

Bayern Munich have reportedly made an initial approach to Zinedine Zidane to become their next manager amid continued links with Manchester United.

Zidane has been repeatedly linked with taking charge in the Old Trafford dugout since he left Real Madrid in 2021. Since then the 1998 Ballon d'Or winner has been out of work but has continued to be linked with his next potential job in management.

United have been listed as a possible destination for Zidane over the last three years, ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge. Even in the two years since Erik ten Hag was appointed, reports have continued to link Zidane with potentially taking over as the Reds manager in the near future.

Now, though, a fresh report has provided an update on Zidane's future. It has been claimed by Spanish news outlet Marca that Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in appointing Zidane this summer.

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Bayern have been searching for a new manager ever since it was confirmed that Thomas Tuchel would be departing at the end of the campaign. The weekend saw it confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen had won the Bundesliga title for the first time in their history, which also ended a run of 11 consecutive championships from 2013.

The report has claimed that Bayern have made contact with Zidane's representatives in an effort to see if he would be interested in becoming the club's new manager. However, it has been stated that no decision has been reached yet, with other candidates including Jose Mourinho, Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick also apparently in the running.

Reports emerged back in February claiming that Sir Jim Ratcliffe had identified Zidane as a potential successor to Ten Hag. MEN Sport reported at the time that Ratcliffe was not completely convinced to keep Ten Hag as the club's manager beyond this season.

Ratcliffe and Ineos Group completed a 25 per cent takeover of United earlier this year, which has seen them take charge of footballing operations at Old Trafford. It remains to be seen what will happen with Ten Hag's future at United, with it still possible the campaign finishes with an FA Cup triumph ahead of their semi-final against Coventry City this week.