If he has once again rejected the advances of PSG, Zinedine Zidane has already said yes to Qatar in the past. This goes back to when the 2022 World Cup was awarded.
Zinedine Zidane will not be the next coach of the Paris Saint Germain. During a long interview granted to Le Parisien last Tuesday, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi affirmed that he had never contacted “Zizou”, preferring to favor a “other option” – Christophe Galtier. Yes, but now, this announcement had a hard time convincing. It must be said that many concordant sources ensure that the 98 world champion did indeed discuss with the Qatari decision-makers of the capital club.
Zidane’s new ‘rake’
It must be said that since the takeover of the Ile-de-France club in 2011, the Emir Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani has dreamed of seeing Zinedine Zidane take the reins of PSG. A dream that will therefore not come true, at least this summer, since the tricolor legend has put a new ” rake “, according to Daniel Riolo, to residents of the Parc des Princes. From then on, the former number 10 of the Blues became the man who said no in Qatar. However, this is not entirely correct…
The one who said NO. pic.twitter.com/A3aqUpQOhW
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A check for €11 million to support Qatar?
Indeed, Zinedine Zidane has indeed already said yes to the emirate in the past. On the sidelines of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, “ZZ” would have received, according to several concordant sources, the tidy sum of 11 million euros for ” sustain “ this application. The announcement of this agreement had then sparked controversy, pushing the main interested party to justify himself in the columns of the Sunday newspaper.
“I accepted immediately”
“It’s a long story that begins in 2005, when Prince Jassim asked me to go and play in Qatar with Ronaldinho. His wish was to develop football in his country, but for me it was clear that I had to finish my career at Real. I respected his idea of growing my sport and I told him that if one day I could help, I would do it with pleasure., he said. And when Qatar came back to him with the firm intention of hosting the 2022 World Cup, he immediately agreed to give ” a helping hand “. “So when Qatar showed its World Cup project for 2022 and asked me, I accepted immediately”he revealed.
Zidane at PSG, it’s not over! https://t.co/9yWNqGbh2Z
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“I didn’t get a penny”
On the other hand, Zidane wanted to correct certain details of this agreement with Qatar having leaked in the press. “It was 3 million euros (and not 11 million, editor’s note). Moreover, I have not touched a penny of these 3 million”he defended himself, before explaining what he did with all that money. “All of the three million went to the Zinedine Zidane foundation for humanitarian purposes that my father and I set up in Algeria several years ago. »