Zinedine Zidane open to coaching France

Updated: Oct 14, 2012, 16:46 PM IST

Paris: Footballing legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he is open to coaching France one day.

The 40-year-old, who featured in les Bleus` 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship victories, before losing the World Cup final in 2006 as captain, has admitted that he is undertaking steps to become a qualified trainer.

"I`ll go for the first degree, second degree, to DEF [a qualification], and we`ll see later for a professional coaching diploma," Zidane was quoted as saying in an interview.

"It should start with something, and I`ll start this year. In fact, I was asked this question today - do you want to have these qualifications? And the answer is yes. I feel like it."

"I have taken the time, it`s been six years since I stopped playing. I think it was too long."

When asked whether he would like to lead his nation at one point in the future, Zidane responded positively.

He continued: "It means a lot to me. It`s never the time to talk about it, because there are always coaches in place, but if you ask me, then I`ll reply. Even, if it`s not relevant today, anyway."

France take on Spain in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.