Europe 1 with AFP 2:12 p.m., December 22, 2022

Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), will meet Didier Deschamps next week to discuss the future of the coach of the Blues.

Before the World Cup, the tricolor football chief said that the champion would have "the hand" if the selection reached the semi-finals.  

The president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët will meet Didier Deschamps next week to discuss the future of the coach of the Blues, whose contract he seems inclined to extend until Euro-2024, has he announced Thursday to the daily Ouest-France.

As after each major competition for ten years that Deschamps has been in office, the two men will meet in Guingamp, stronghold of Le Graët in Brittany, to draw up a sporting and logistical assessment and discuss the future.

A contract until the 2026 World Cup? 

This meeting is scheduled for next week, explained Le Graët to the Breton daily, without giving a precise date.

He wants to see Deschamps stay and "complete this before the end of the year".

"In my opinion, we will settle this at Guingamp. If he does not want to stay, it will be very short. If he wants to stay, there will be somewhat longer discussions," he said.

At the end of the contract, Deschamps really appreciates his position and has the cards in hand to extend given the success of the World Cup-2022, where France reached the final.

But according to the daily


he could ask, beyond Euro-2024 in 18 months in Germany, for a contract until the World Cup-2026.


If France reaches the semi-finals of the World Cup, "Deschamps (will) have the hand", says Le Graët

"And why not 2030?" Quipped Le Graët, who first wants to see "how we are already considering the 2024 European Championship".

Especially since the date corresponds to the end of his third and last term as head of the FFF.

Asked about a possible recourse to Zinédine Zidane in the event of Deschamps' departure, Le Graët cut it short: "I did not think about the fact that Didier could leave (...) Didier did his job well, he has priority , and I think we'll come to an agreement".