Zinedine Zidane said he was coping well with life outside soccer
and had no immediate plans to embark on a coaching career.
The former France and Real Madrid playmaker, who retired after
his country's defeat by Italy in the World Cup final in July, said
he did not miss competitive football.
"I'm not missing it," he told L'Equipe newspaper Thursday. "When
Real Madrid started the season, I didn't feel anything, but it may
Zidane, who has just signed a deal to work as a consultant for
French pay-television channel Canal Plus, said he might become a
coach one day, but not just yet.
"I will stay close to football because that's what I know how to
do. If you ask me if I will become a coach, for now, it's no. But
in 10 years, I don't know."
Zidane was shown a red card 10 minutes before the end of extra
time in the July 9 World Cup final after headbutting Italy defender
Marco Materazzi in the chest. That ensured he missed the penalty
shootout that decided the match in Italy's favor.
Zidane's reaction was immortalized in song with the
chart-topping success of the cheeky summer hit "Coup de Boule"
"It (the song) was funny, even if what I did was not funny," the
34-year-old Zidane said. "Anyway, it's better to laugh about
Being sent off in the final did not stop Zidane from being named
last week on a 30-man shortlist for FIFA's World Player of the Year
award, an honor he has already landed three times.
Zidane also said he would love Fabien Barthez to join Chelsea,
which has a goalkeeping problem after the serious injury sustained
by Petr Cech.
October 20, 2006)