France legend Zinedine Zidane was never in the spotlight of The French Football Federation (FFF) to replace with Didier Deschamps as the France manager.
Deschamps guided France to the glory at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
After beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, France was crowned as the champions. Deschamps joined Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer in having won the trophy as both player and coach.
Deschamps had already signed a contract extension until 2020 before the tournament. And, FFF president, Noel Le Graet had said the agreement would be respected regardless of what happened in Russia.
Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss in May after winning the Champions League three seasons in a row. After his resignation, many suggested he would be a perfect candidate for the national post.
But on Thursday, Le Graet said appointing Zidane had never been thought of.
“We haven’t thought about it. Didier’s in place until 2020. Me too. We’ll see. We have a contract until 2020. Even if it had gone a little less well, I had said he would be present until that date. And now we won, and in what a way! You don’t get anywhere without work. Didier and his staff spend hours watching this or that player, and opponents. There’s no improvisation.”
“There’s sometimes luck, you need a little bit, like a shot going in off a post. But the work carried out by Didier and his team is considerable,” he added.
Zidane resigned from his post after Madrid downed Liverpool in Kiev to defend their Champions League crown again. Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos said the shock exit was bitter after a happy ending.
Later, Julen Loptegui got confirmed as Zidane’s replacement. He was subsequently fired by Spain on the eve of the World Cup. Ramos’ side crashed out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the last-16 stage to Russia on penalties under replacement Fernando Hierro.