Bayern Munich ‘have approached Zinedine Zidane over replacing Thomas Tuchel as their next boss despite him holding out for France job’… with the German giants ‘also targeting two other coaches’

  • Bayern Munich are continuing their hunt for Thomas Tuchel’s successor  
  • They have reportedly approached former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane 
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Bayern Munich have reportedly approached former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to replace Thomas Tuchel as their next boss. 

The Bavarian giants were forced to watch jubilant celebrations from rivals Bayer Leverkusen as they beat them to the Bundesliga title after a so-far unbeaten season that has seen them go 16 points clear of them in the table. 

The club already announced in February that Tuchel was set to leave in the summer after an underwhelming season that saw the team go out in the German cup to amateur side Saarbrucken before seeing Leverkusen race away with the league. 

With the season all but over – apart from a glimmer of hope in the Champions League – preparations are now well underway in the search for a new coach and three-time Champions League winner Zidane is said to be a top target, according to German outlet Bild. 

The report claims the club have reached out to him with a proposal to take over from the 2024-25 season, with legendary former player Franck Ribery possibly coming in as his assistant manager.

Tuchel announced he would leave this summer in February

Bayern Munich have reportedly approached Zinedine Zidane over replacing Thomas Tuchel

Bayern are in need of new leadership after a disappointing campaign that saw them lose out on the Bundesliga title 

The language barrier may cause a problem to Zidane taking charge, with the Frenchman not speaking German or English fluently.

It goes on to say that Zidane – who has not managed since he left Real Madrid in May 2021 nearly three years ago – has asked some close contacts who know the club well what it’s like to work at the club. 

However, the report also claims Zidane is holding out for the France job, currently held by Didier Deschamps and one that will ‘probably’ be occupied until the end of the 2026 World Cup at least. 

Zidane – who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – won LaLiga twice as Real Madrid boss, as well as two Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two Club World Cups in addition to his three Champions League titles. 

Bayern do have some alternatives in mind should they fail to bring in Zidane, however. 

Zidane won the Champions League three times during a trophy-laden spell at Real Madrid

Zidane won the Champions League three times during a trophy-laden spell at Real Madrid

The top choice for club chief Max Eberl is Julian Nagelsmann – the man they sacked in March after less than two seasons, with the 36-year-old now with the German national team and preparing for Euro 2024 on home soil. 

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is also another major target for the 33-time Bundesliga champions. 

De Zerbi has won a string of admirers at Brighton after leading them to sixth place last season – though this campaign has been tougher amid injuries and losing star names like Alex MacAllister and Moises Caicedo to Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Seagulls are currently 10th in the Premier League after 11 wins, 11 draws and 10 defeats.