France manager Didier Deschamps backs Zinedine Zidane to step into his role 'one day'

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Zidane and Deschamps led France to the 1998 World Cup trophy.

France national team manager Didier Deschamps says former teammate Zinedine Zidane will follow in his footsteps “one day”.

Zidane announced his shock decision to resign from his role as Real Madrid manager on Thursday, and the player who led France to the 1998 World Cup trophy has previously been backed to take the reins of Les Blues.

Deschamps, who was captain of that side, as well as the one that won Euro 2000 where Zidane again starred, played down the idea that Thursday’s announcement adds pressure on him and his squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” said Deschamps, who is under contract with the French football federation (FFF) until 2020. “I’m totally concentrated and focused on what lies ahead for me and the players.

“He will be coach (of France) one day. It will happen when it happens.

“For the moment he wants to enjoy some rest and spend time with his family.

“One day he will be the national team coach. I can’t say when, but to me it’s logical.

France are among the favourites in Russia, alongside Germany and Brazil.

Zidane led Real to an unprecedented three straight Champions League trophies, securing the third of those with last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in this season’s final.

However, he stepped down after saying he was no longer certain he could inspire Los Blancos to more success.

“I don’t see myself continuing to win this year and I am a winner, I don’t like to lose,” the 45-year-old explained.

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Real Madrid rising star Vinicius Junior has revealed the reason he chose to sign with the Bernabeu club over La Liga rivals Barcelona.

Los Blancos beat a number of the world’s top clubs to sign Vinicius for a record €45 million (Dh192.7m) fee, despite the Brazil U-17 star having never played a senior match with his club Flamengo.

Regarded as the eventual heir to Neymar with Selecao, the Rio de Janeiro native will not officially join up with the Bernabeu side until he turns 18 on July 12, but he told ESPN Brazil yesterday why he selected the Champions League winners over the Catalan giants.

“I chose Real Madrid because it’s the biggest club,” he said. “I’ve always chosen to play among the best, and with help from Marcelo and Casemiro, I made that choice.”

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Seven Deadly Stats from the Zinedine Zidane era as legendary manager calls time on Real Madrid spell

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Three straight Champions League trophies - one of the many remarkable stats from Zidane's reign.

Zinedine Zidane sent shockwaves around the footballing world after announcing that he was stepping down as Real Madrid manager on Thursday.

In less than two-and-a-half seasons, the Frenchman who was already a club legend after his playing career, elevated himself to the status of one of the greatest figures to be associated with Los Blancos in the Whites’ decorated history.

Here are Seven Deadly Stats from Zidane’s magnificent reign.

BEST IN MADRID’S HISTORY?

Zidane’s indelible mark on the club is best summed up by how they’ve swept up just about every trophy available, with the Copa del Rey the only competition the 45-year-old has failed to win.

Nine trophies in less than three seasons. Wildly successful seems like an understatement. Is he already Madrid’s greatest ever manager?

AN UNPARALLELED LEGACY

His overall trophy count is impressive, but Zidane will be defined by three of those. Nobody had won the Champions League even twice in a row before he showed up in the Madrid dugout. Three in a row was borderline unthinkable.

But Zizou pulled it off, joining Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as the only managers to have won the trophy three times. Which club will take him to his fourth?

UNBEATABLE

THEY ALWAYS SCORED

Even more impressive than the unbeaten run was the scoring streak. For a record-tying 73 games, Real Madrid scoring at least once was the safest best in football.

A TRUE JUGGERNAUT

THE GALACTICO WHO WASN’T

As a player Zidane embodied Real Madrid’s previous Galactico era, joining the club in a record-setting £48million transfer from Juventus in 2001.

As a manager, however, he was quite the opposite. If anything, his spell was an anti-Galactico era. He benefitted from having inherited a deeply talented squad, but in any case, his emphasis on youth development was admirable. There were plenty of young players already at the club, either in the academy or on the fringes of the first-team, who have developed under Zidane, whose only transfer purchases were young players – Alvaro Morata, Dani Ceballos, and Theo Hernandez.

His trophies to spending ratio is quite impressive.

THAT WIN PERCENTAGE

Club president Florentino Perez said that Madrid don’t yet have a replacement in mind for Zidane. Anyone who steps in is going to have a tough act to follow.

A man with a near 70% win percentage is tough to top. And then there are the trophies.

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