Didier Deschamps lifted the 2018 World Cup and reached another final last December before extending his current deal with the FFF until the summer of 2026. It can't be said he hasn't been more than an average appointment for the France national men's team, can it?
Even with Deschamps leading the French ship in such an impressive way, there have been whispers about Zinedine Zidane joining the France men's national squad as the head coach for years but it has never come to happen. After the news of Deschamp's extension, that will have to wait for at least four more years until after the 2026 World Cup.
Barring catastrophe, Deschamps will lead France through the upcoming Euro 2024 and the next World Cup. Zidane, the legendary French midfielder, is currently unemployed after an extraordinary second run managing Real Madrid ended in 2021.
With the road to coaching France blocking by Deschamps, Zidane was reportedly approached by other football federations such as Brazil's.
According to The Mirror, the French FA president, Noel Le Graet, said that he "did not care" that Zidane entered conversations with other nations. The report published by the British outlet goes on quoting Le Graet saying that he "doesn't care" about what or what not the French legend does with his life.
Kylian Mbappe is mad at the FFF president for "disrespecting a legend" like Zinedine Zidane
"[Zidane] can go where he wants, in a club or a national team, I hardly believe it as far as he is concerned," Le Graet said. “Zidane was always under the radar. He had a lot of followers; some were waiting for Deschamps to leave. But who can seriously criticize Deschamps? No one can. There have not been many problems. His departure always generates clicks.”
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe reacted to those comments on Sunday publishing a tweet that lit the internet on fire.
The France international, World Cup champion, and superstar leader of his nation, said that "Zidane is France, we don't disrespect the legend like that..."
The FA president concluded his statements by saying that “I have never seen Zidane, we've never thought of separating ourselves from Didier Deschamps." He questioned the interviewer, posing the question of whether "did Zidane try to contact me?" before replying himself: "Of course not, I wouldn't even have picked up the phone."
Deschamps might have won the World Cup, but he's far from reaching Zidane's tally at a club level. Zizou has won two La Liga titles, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, and two Spanish Supercopa titles. He also won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018. For context, no team--let alone coach--had managed to win back-to-back UCL titles since AC Milan did it in 1989-1990.