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“I wouldn’t have answered the phone,” the president of the French federation told Zidane

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‘I wouldn’t have even answered Zinedine Zidane’s phone,’ declares French Football Federation president RMC Radio’s Noël Le Graet, a day after he renewed Didier Deschamps as coach until 2026.

When asked if he had received a recent call from Zidane, the frontrunner to replace Deschamps, Le Graët spoke forcefully about the French football legend.

“You wouldn’t have picked up the phone. How to tell him ‘Hello, don’t worry, find another club. I just reached an agreement with Didier’?”

President of FFF, 81 years old When asked about information linking Zidane to the Brazilian bench, he was very calm.

“It would surprise him if he went there. You can do whatever you want, it doesn’t matter to me. We never met and I never thought about parting with Didier Deschamps,” he said. said.

“I have no one to save. He can go wherever he wants, any club. There will be a lot of people in Europe who love him. It’s a great club,” he added.

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Le Graet’s statement was criticized by Les Bleus star Kylian Mbappe“Zidane is France. A legend cannot be taken lightly,” the PSG player wrote on Twitter.

also reacted French Sports Minister Amelie Oudéa Castellademanded an apology from Le Graet.

“It is a shameful lack of respect and offends all of us, football and sporting legends. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the minister said on Twitter.

Real Madrid also regrets ‘lack of respect’ for French Football Federation presidentNoël Le Graet, towards Zinedine Zidane.

In an official statement on Monday, Real Madrid said: “We regret the unfortunate statement Les Grae has made about Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest legends of world sport.”

“These words imply a lack of respect for one of the most admired figures by football fans around the world and our club expects to be rectified immediately.

Real Madrid said Zidane “among many other titles, the world champion and European champion defending his country’s shirt represent the values ​​of the sport.

On Saturday, the French federation announced that Deschamps’ contract had been renewed until 2026, with the World Cup being hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Le Graet apologizes

French Football Federation president Noël Le Graet had no other way out. After controversial statements about Zinedine Zidane, The 81-year-old veteran leader thought many were disrespecting the French legend and had to apologize.

“I would like to apologize for the words that do not at all reflect my point of view and consideration for the player he was and the manager he is now,” Le Graet told AFP. rice field.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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