Zidane ‘learning English’ amid United interest, Kounde hints at move, Dani Olmo monitored


Zinedine Zidane is learning English amid reports linking him with the Manchester United manager’s job.

That is according to his former team-mate and Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.

Zidane, 49, remains one of the favourites to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hot seat.

And ex-France international Petit reckons he is having lessons in the language – it is unconfirmed if ‘pass to Cristiano’ was the first phrase he picked up.

But the Highbury hero does not necessarily think that means he will be taking over the Red Devils.

He told booksmakers.co.uk: “If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages.

“I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

“There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

“Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

“I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

“Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

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