Bordeaux in recent weeks have made no secret about their chase to lure the World Cup winner back to his homeland, but on Wednesday finally conceded that Zinedine Zidane will not be Bordeaux manager next season.
Les Girondins' president Jean-Louis Triaud confirmed to RTL radio that although 'many' discussions had took place, the Frenchman wouldn't return to the club he ultimately made his name at.
'I won't deny that there were contracts, many. Unfortunately we couldn't put everything into place to recruit Zidane. I can confirm that he won't become Bordeaux's coach,' said Triaud.
'It's a number of things, the conditions weren't right, that's all. When it's not going to happen, it's meant to be. We have to turn the page and move on.'
The Club's president later went on to explain that his family ties in Madrid were a large part of Zidane's decision making progress, adding: 'You can't ignore, after all, that two of his sons are in Real Madrid's youth team academy, that his family is very settled in Madrid, where they have lived for nearly 11 years. It's a complex situation.'
However, if Zidane had no intention of leaving Real Madrid why have the, many, discussions with Bordeaux in the first place?
If Levy does become interested in Zidane then, I believe, it would be difficult for Zidane to walk away from. After all, the Premier League could be the perfect stage for Zidane to build his reputation.
Why would Zidane consider moving to Tottenham?
Although the past season was labelled a disappointment by a large number of Spurs fans, it still ended with the club well-placed in the Premier League. A Europa League spot, whilst met with apathy, still allows a certain level of European coverage at the club and a chance to win a major European trophy.
However, the biggest two reasons why Zidane would consider a move to Spurs, in my opinion, is the amount of coverage the Premier League gets and the financial power Spurs have got.
Why would Tottenham consider a move for Zidane?
In the light of day, Zidane is an unproven and largely inexperienced coach so why would Spurs touch him. Well, the answer is an easy one - he is one of the most admired people in the sport, ever.
The financial windfall Spurs could receive from his appointment would be huge; the amount of coverage the North London club would be likely to receive would also be huge. He is genuinely one of the biggest names in the game.
At the same time, his lack of experience means Spurs are unlikely to have to offer him mega-money to grab his signature. He represents something of a win-win. A low-risk gamble, if you like.
Why would Zidane be wise to stay away from Spurs?
Ultimately, the answer is sack-happy Daniel Levy. A frightening prospect for any manager in the game, never mind a manager looking to start off a long and successful career in the sport.
Although, Andre Villa-Boas' sacking didn't seem to hurt him too much as he went on to sign a mega-money deal at cash-rich Zenit St Petersburg