Djorkaeff in talks over Monaco role
Youri Djorkaeff has told RMC he is negotiating with Ligue 1 title-chasers Monaco with a view to becoming the club's sporting director.
Djorkaeff, 45, established his reputation at the Stade Louis II before going on to flourish at Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern and Bolton Wanderers. After ending his career with New York Red Bulls in 2006, the former French international now divides his time between the USA and his native Lyon region, but acknowledged it could be in the principality that he eventually returns to the game as sporting director.
"Each thing in its own time. I had discussions with Inter Milan last year. As of April, I'll be clearer in knowing what I'm going to do," Djorkaeff, who played for Monaco between 1990 and 1995, said. "I have had some contact with AS Monaco, and I'm still talking with them."
Earlier this month, the 1998 World Cup-winner told the Journal du Dimanche he almost joined the Monaco staff before Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev took control of the seven-time Ligue 1 champions in December 2011.
"It's true I almost played a role at Monaco. But the matter was complicated," he stated. "It was to be sporting director. The new owner arrived with his team. I didn't really see where my place would be."
He added: "If they want to talk to me, I am willing to listen. In any case, Monaco's stock-in-trade is to have good players who entertain; I'm delighted that is once again the case."