WHAT HAPPENED? Le Graet said he did not speak to Zidane about replacing Didier Deschamps at the helm of the national team, as the France coach signed a contract extension despite speculation suggesting he would leave after the 2022 World Cup. Le Graet told RMC Sport: “Did Zidane tried to reach me? Certainly not, I wouldn’t even have picked up the phone anyway.” He added: “I’ve never met him, we never considered parting with Didier.”
WHAT THEY SAID: Mbappe took to Twitter to share his shock at the FFF president’s comments, posting on Twitter: “Zidane is France, we don’t disrespect the legend like that…”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Zidane has been in the frame for several posts in recent months, most recently turning down an offer to take over as United States head coach. The ex-Real Madrid and France star, who has been out of work since calling time on his second spell in charge at Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the 2020-21 season, has also been linked with the Brazil national team job.
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GettyGettyWHAT NEXT FOR FRANCE? After their runners-up finish at the World Cup, France will turn their attention to the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, starting with a game against the Netherlands on March 24.