It arrived on Saturday, January 7, the day on which the future of the French team bench was going to be defined through a meeting with Noël Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation (FFF) and Didier Deschamps, strategist who finally he beat Zinedine Zidane again, who was waiting to define his future as coach.
Everything happens at a key moment and just 24 hours after ratifying Didier Deschamps as the official strategist continuing the World Cup process, they closed the door on Zinedine Zidane who still waited confidently for the call from Noël Le Graet, the one that never came and that it will not arrive. However, Zidane rejected the United States while they investigate Gregg Berhalter and decide the national team coach.
Noël Le Graet always had it in his head to ratify Didier Deschamps and when he achieved it at the meeting on January 7, he exploded outright because of the questions about Zinedine Zidane as the candidate to keep the position of technical director for the Euro Cup and the World Cup. 2026 in the United States, Mexico and Canada. In statements with RMC Sport, Le Graet was emphatic in saying that, although the journalists put the former Real Madrid on the French bench, he indicated that it was not a letter that was really studied.
“Zidane was always under the radar, you don’t have to tell stories. He had a lot of fans, some were waiting for Deschamps to leave. But who can seriously criticize Deschamps? Nobody can. You can always fail a game, but I’ve been here for 10 years With him, there haven’t been many problems. His departure always generates clicks”, said Noël Le Graet, who also gave words about a possible arrival of Zinedine to the Brazilian team.
He was much more sincere and tough with those questions about Zinedine Zidane’s future with a national team like the ‘Canarinha’, “Zidane with Brazil? I don’t know, I’d be surprised. He does what he wants, it’s none of my business. I never I’ve seen, we’ve never thought of parting ways with Didier Deschamps. That doesn’t correspond to anything. Some journalists need to change or invent because they don’t know what to write and would rather say bad things than good. Frankly, those who condemn in advance have never brought me out. Regarding Zidane and the Brazilian team, I absolutely don’t care, let him go wherever he wants! He can go wherever he wants, to a club… of the national team, I don’t believe it as far as he is concerned (… ) If Zidane tried to contact me? Of course not, I wouldn’t have even picked up the phone. To tell him to look for another club? Make a special program for him to find a club or a national team”. the phone, that’s how honest the president of the FF was F.