French President Emmanuel Macron has backed Zinedine Zidane to return to the country as a manager amid frequent rumours linking the former Real Madrid boss to Paris Saint-Germain.

The capital club’s managerial situation is uncertain with Mauricio Pochettino’s future reportedly in doubt after another year without a Champions League triumph.

Macron, who played a role in convincing Kylian Mbappe to remain with the club, says, in an ideal world, French icon Zidane would return to his home nation to help PSG push for European silverware.

“I was able to speak with Kylian Mbappe, but he makes his choice in his conscience,” Macron told RMC Sport. “He has shown it, he is very mature, he is building his career and his commitment with a lot of sense of responsibility.

“I haven’t spoken to Zinedine Zidane, but I have immense admiration for him, the player, the coach. We really want to have, in the French championship, an athlete and coach of this talent who has been able to bring back three major cups that we covet a lot for our clubs.

“I wish for the influence of the French championship and for France that he comes back and that he comes to train a big French club, it would be great. It’s my role to say that France is a great nation of sport and football, that there are great audiences who love this sport. It is important to us that the best [are here].”

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