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Florian Thauvin and eight French players dubbed the ‘New Zidane’: Including Chelsea target and Liverpool flop

Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin is set to be one of the most sought-after talents in the upcoming transfer window.

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The OM man has been linked to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, while Chelsea are also reportedly interested in his signing.

While he has come in for criticism from his own supporters this season, Thauvin starred at SC Bastia before moving to the Stade Velodrome, and is a France U21 international.

Like so many talented creative midfielders who burst onto the scene, he has been dubbed the ‘new Zidane’.

It’s not a particularly original nickname, and several of his countrymen in the past have been given a similar moniker after showing glimpses of the magnificent technique and elegance of the France great.

In this feature, we run down some of those players that bore the ‘new Zidane’ tag.

While none have lived up to the great man, some have gone close…others, meanwhile, have fallen well short.

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