The duration of the contract, Zidane, the retirement of Benzema … the underside of the extension of Deschamps at the head of the Blues

After a 2022 World Cup in Qatar ended in a lost final against Argentina, Didier Deschamps extended his contract as coach of the French team until 2026. From negotiations on the duration of the contract to the Zidane option through Benzema’s international retirement, is the underside. of this extension.

Didier Deschamps will continue his mission as coach at the head of the French team. He returned for three and a half more years. “My president has decided to extend me until 2026”, declared Didier Deschamps on Saturday during the FFF’s confederation assembly. It is factual. However, Noël Le Graët had initially preferred to extend the lease of the world champion from 1998 until 2024. Didier Deschamps, he remained on his original wish to continue until the next World Cup organized jointly by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The president finally relented.

After meeting Didier Deschamps on December 29, he met with his agent this week to finalize the outlines of the contract. The idea of ​​the former mayor of Guingamp has always been to formalize this signature during the federal assembly on Saturday 7 January in Paris. He wished to reserve the first of the announcements for the League and District Presidents. This is one of the reasons why there has been a kind of vagueness about this renewal in recent days. The secret has been well kept.

“I’m aware of having a high level pool”

Before the start of the competition, the former captain of Juventus had left anyway to stop after the World Cup. The desire to continue therefore grew as the matches followed each other. Among the reasons that made him want to put a coin back into the machine is the fact that he has an exceptional generation.

“I’m aware of having a high-level pool,” he admitted in the wake of his extension. With Kylian Mbappé as flag bearer, Tchouaméni, Upamecano and Kolo Muani… this suggests a bright future. Didier Deschamps also particularly values ​​the tempo and coaching function that he has embodied for just over 10 years.

In terms of staff, Guy Stéphan, his faithful assistant, Franck Raviot, the goalkeeping coach, and Cyril Moine, the physical trainer, will also remain by his side. For the rest, there should be changes… but in what proportions? Dr. Franck Legall’s situation will be closely monitored.

Le Graët didn’t call Zidane, Benzema could talk

Even before the quarter-final against England, Noël Le Graët publicly expressed his desire to see Didier Deschamps continue the adventure. A stone in the garden of Zinédine Zidane, who hoped to get the post back. A few clues were able to make it clear to the Ballon d’Or in 1998 that his former teammate had a good chance to continue the adventure. Although thinking of him in the event of Didier Deschamps’ departure, Noël Le Graët did not call Zinédine Zidane. His failure to appear will have consequences.

The FFF formalized the extension this Saturday, but it has been rumored for weeks. Like many others, Karim Benzema heard it. His choice to retire from international football is partly linked to the pursuit of Deschamps at the helm of the Blues. Both the player and his entourage are always cheered up by his leadership during the World Cup. He could decide to take the floor to explain his version of the facts. In addition, other players who have dual nationality and who could have waited longer if Zizou had arrived, are unlikely to choose France. This is the case, for example, with Houssem Aouar, and he is not the only one.

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