After a long period of waiting, the French Football Federation turned Zinedine Zidane's dream of leading his country into a nightmare after it decided to extend the contract of his current coach, Didier Deschamps, for additional years, after his achievement in the World Cup in Qatar.
And yesterday, Saturday, the French Federation announced the extension of Deschamps' contract to 2026, after he managed to achieve the desired goal, which is to reach the golden square in the World Cup in Qatar, after he led the "Roosters" team to crown the World Cup Russia 2018.
According to a report by the Spanish newspaper "AS", the announcement of Deschamps' continuation at the head of the technical management of the French national team was like "cold water that fell on Zidane's head, who" will have to wait another 4 years in order to achieve the dream of coaching the national team that he has always had.
France's national team, runner-up in the World Cup in Qatar (French)
The Spanish newspaper added, "In order to achieve this dream, Zidane has rejected many offers since his separation from Real Madrid in 2021, most notably from Paris Saint-Germain."
And she added that the decision of the French Federation brings Zidane closer to training the Brazilian national team, who decided to open the door to a non-local coach to supervise the “Seleção” team.
The Brazilian Football Confederation places Zidane's name at the top of a mini-list of the world's brightest coaches, to succeed the late coach "Tite".
A dream evaporates
Deschamps obtained a clause renewing his contract unilaterally, based on what was stated in his contract with the French Federation, after reaching the golden square in the World Cup.
A few weeks before the start of the Qatar World Cup, Zidane made an exciting statement in which he announced that he was very close to returning to training, which were statements that were considered a hint from the French star in order to succeed Deschamps immediately after the end of the Qatar World Cup and his final loss against Argentina on penalties.
French Federation President Noel Le Graet (right) with coach Didier Deschamps (Reuters)
And "Zizou" stated in a previous interview with the French newspaper "L'Equipe" that his first goal is to train the French national team.
And Noel Le Graet, President of the French Federation, had previously confirmed that he would be pleased to see Zidane as coach of the first team.
However, what happened in the Qatari World Cup blew up all of Zidane's plans after the "Blues" reached the semi-finals and thus the impossibility of abandoning Deschamps, which may be what prompted him to reject the invitation to attend the Qatar World Cup final between France and Argentina.