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

Sport360 staff 21:10 31/05/2018
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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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