Didier Deschamps’ contract as coach of world champions France has been extended through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a source said Tuesday.
Deschamps, a former France skipper who led the team to 1998 World Cup glory, has been at the coaching helm of Les Bleus since summer 2012.
The decision to extend his contract will be made official by the French football federation at a press conference later Tuesday, the source told AFP.
Federation president Noel Le Graet had previously said that a contract extension for the 51-year-old Deschamps was dependent on France qualifying for the 2020 European championships.
Deschamps duly guided France into the competition, where they have been drawn alongside 2014 world champions Germany, reigning European champions Portugal and one more team still to qualify through the play-offs.
Deschamps will shortly become the longest-serving France coach, overtaking the eight years and six months of service by Michel Hidalgo between January 1976-June 1984.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will “almost certainly” be out of action for the rest of the year after his horror injury at the weekend, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday.
“It is difficult to say exactly how long he will not be available,” said Deschamps as France players gathered for their next Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later.
“What matters to us right now is that he will not be with us for this round of games or for the next.”
France face Albania and Moldova in November.
Lloris suffered a dislocated elbow in conceding the opening goal of Spurs’ 3-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, dropping a cross before falling backwards and landing badly.
The Spurs goalkeeper was given oxygen and morphine as he was carried from the field before being taken to hospital.
“Almost certainly, he won’t be back on the pitch in 2019,” said Deschamps.
Steve Mandanda will take over in goal for France against Iceland while Paulo Gazzaniga, who replaced Lloris on Saturday, is likely to continue in the role for struggling Spurs.
“I have a very good relationship with (FFF) president (Noel Le Graet). I’m under contract until the European Championships, which is the only certainty right now.”
Deschamps’s deal runs until June 2020, but the former France and Juventus midfielder admitted any extension would depend on the performance of his team.
“It’s linked to results. But before thinking about 2022, first come the qualifiers (for Euro 2020),” he said.
Deschamps said the thought of quitting amid the euphoria of July’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow had never crossed his mind, insisting there was more to be achieved.
“Quite simply because I feel really good,” he said. “I still have the same passion, the same desire and because I’m convinced there are still great things to be done with this squad.”
Asked if he could see himself emulating the longevity of Germany coach Joachim Loew, who has held the post since 2006, Deschamps replied: “He’s a good example. It goes to show continuity at the top level is not all that bad.”
“He (Loew) took the team to steer it to the World Cup title in 2014. Lately, and on the back of the last World Cup, it’s been difficult for him,” continued Deschamps, referring to Germany’s shock elimination in the group stage in Russia.
“He was (considered) the best five years ago, and today he’s not become the worst, far from it. He’s someone who has proved a lot and I’m happy he’s remained in charge of the Germany team.”
France coach Didier Deschamps has attacked Paris Saint-Germain’s alleged racial profiling of players as “unacceptable and intolerable”.
Last week French investigative website Mediapart claimed that the Ligue 1 club’s talent scouts operated a system of racial profiling for years.
The revelations prompted the French champions to launch an immediate investigation.
PSG’s general manager Jean-Claude Blanc acknowledged that the practice which is illegal in France did take place but he blamed the scandal on a “handful of individuals” acting on their own.
Deschamps gave a forthright response when tackled on the affair at a training camp for France’s Nations League game against the Netherlands on Friday.
“I’ll keep this short, they are simply unacceptable and intolerable actions,” the France boss said.
Mediapart, citing the latest series of Football Leaks documents, said that between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in recruitment forms on potential youth signings that included a section on ethnicity.
The section offered four options: French, West Indian, North African, African.
Documenting information on racial or ethnic origins is outlawed in France.
The club said an internal probe was launched last month “to understand how such practices could exist and decide what measures to take”.
Manchester United are in trouble and fans of Italian champions Juventus are right to dream of signing Paul Pogba, France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said on Wednesday.
“All of Manchester United are in trouble. Pogba is still the same and is one of the best midfielders in the world,” Deschamps told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport of the tensions between Pogba and United boss Jose Mourinho.
“However, I’ll never comment on relationships between players and coaches.”
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus, whom he joined for free in 2012 after walking out of United after the club failed to tie him to a new contract.
He then returned to United in 2016 on a five-year contract for a then-record transfer fee of 105m euros (£89.3 million).
Deschamps suggested the prospect of Pogba once again quitting United for Juventus was not so far-fetched.
“Dreams are a part of life,” he added. “Maybe the fans hadn’t dreamed of Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended up signing.
“Sometimes dreams come true, but compared to a few years ago it would cost Juve a lot more to buy Pogba now.”
Deschamps managed Juventus in the mid-2000s after the club were demoted from Serie A amid a match-fixing scandal, having played for five years with the club until 1999.
“Today’s Juve is as strong the one with which I won the Champions League in 1996,” said the 49-year-old of the Italian champions’ last European triumph.
“The difference is also down to details. This Juventus has the means to be among the favourites.
“Cristiano Ronaldo makes Champions League victory almost obligatory.
“With him, Juventus have guaranteed a player who can be decisive in important moments. He is a great professional,” Deschamps said.
“Serie A is an important league anyway, even if the Premier League is ahead because of the superior financial means.
“The arrival of Ronaldo guarantees greater exposure for the league abroad, a bit like Neymar in Ligue 1.
“Of course people talked about Juventus before, but it’s clear that the marketing effect of a champion like CR7 (Ronaldo) allows you to reach every corner of the globe.”
Deschamps, meanwhile, said he was happy coaching France but believes former France and Juventus teammate Zinedine Zidane could return to Italy having left Real Madrid last summer.
“That position is already occupied by a great coach like (Massimilano) Allegri, who is doing a great job,” said Deschamps.
“Maybe Zidane, with his Bianconero past like mine, will have his chance. We’ll see.”
France coach Didier Deschamps insisted Thursday he was not concerned by escalating tensions between Paul Pogba and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after he named his latest squad ahead of games against Iceland and Germany.
Pogba told reporters he was “not allowed” to talk as he passed through the post-match mixed zone interview area following United’s 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.
It was the latest episode in an increasingly tense atmosphere at the club, where a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France international stripped of the vice-captaincy last week.
“I’m not worried at all. I’m definitely not Jose Mourinho and I’m not going o meddle in their relationship,” Deschamps said.
“Everything is clear with Paul. He knows each time why he’s here and what I expect from him.”
United are languishing down in 10th place in the Premier League after seven matches, and suffered a shock defeat by second-tier Derby County in the League Cup last week.
Pogba, a key member of France’s World Cup-winning side in Russia, also appeared to get under Mourinho’s skin after their recent draw with Wolves by saying United should attack more.
“There’s what’s happening at their clubs but that doesn’t just depend on them,” said Deschamps.
“You can’t separate individual performance from a team performance with certain clubs who can go through a spell where results aren’t as good.
“That goes for all the players. You have to take that into consideration, but the set-up is different when they join us in the France squad.”
France coach Didier Deschamps said his team will be going all out to win their final World Cup group game against Denmark on Tuesday as they look to wrap up first place.
Deschamps is expected to make several changes for the encounter in Moscow with France guaranteed a spot in the last 16 following wins over Australia and Peru.
Denmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot in Group C with a victory.
“We are not going to give them a helping hand. Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that,” Deschamps told reporters at the Luzhniki Stadium on Monday.
“I would never say to my team that we’re playing for a draw. I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match.
“I’m sure Denmark will also be playing to win.”
Deschamps admitted he could rest players in danger of suspension, with midfield trio Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso all a booking away from missing the next match.
“If I can preserve them, it’s now,” Deschamps said. “I won’t be able to that after that.”
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane looks likely to captain the side, with Steve Mandanda expected to start in goal ahead of regular skipper Hugo Lloris.
“I have 23 players, they can all have a role to play and start a match,” Deschamps added. “There are no risks, if they’re here it’s because they’re ready to play.”
Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the tournament, calling them “nothing special”.
“Everyone is free to say what they want and accept responsibility. It wasn’t a very nice thing,” said Deschamps.
“The players read and listen more than me. They know very well what the coach said.
“That’s not what’s going to fire up the players that are going to start tomorrow.”
Title contenders France have yet to hit top gear in Russia, churning out a 2-1 victory over Australia before scraping past Peru 1-0.
Varane believes there is much more to come from the team, particularly going forward.
“I think we have progressed compared to the beginning of the competition,” Varane said. “We have improved which is great and we need to carry on.”
“In attack I think we can still progress, we can still hurt the opponent more,” he added. “We saw it in different phases during our last game but we can do better. We have the quality to tear defences apart.”
Host country France had to battle from a goal down to beat the Republic of Ireland to reach the quarter-finals at the ongoing euro championship.
Ireland got off to a stunning start in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.
But the French team hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal, both in the second half.
“I knew it was going to be a difficult match, and when Ireland took the lead it made us a bit more uncomfortable in the first half.
They showed a lot of enthusiasm but we had to dig deep, get through the situation and get in front,” France coach, Didier Deschamps, said.
He also explained his half time change which brought in Conman for Kante, “It was to get more presence up front. Ireland were quite deep so we wanted to get Griezmann closer to Giroud, bring on some speed with Coman and use the wings a bit better.
“But above all, to get more presence up front – the four attacking players all created chances.”
The Republic of Ireland ended the match with 10 men as Shane Duffy was sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.
Didier Deschamps’s side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France on Sunday.
The coach of the French national team, Didier Deschamps, has praised the effort of his team in qualifying for the round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2016 with victory over Albania on Wednesday.
The French coach was happy with the performance of France Midfielder, Dimitri Payet, praising his consistency on the ball and will to fight.
“Payet has become more consistent. He’s always had ability and a lot of confidence. Now, in one-on-one situations and challenges, he’s always up for the fight.
“Clearly we didn’t do everything well. If you’ve seen a team that has, please tell me. We were a bit laborious in the first 45 minutes because Albania were physically fresh,” he told Uefa.com.
Deschamp also commended the style of the Albanians, acknowledging their effort in defence and on the counter attack.
“Albania played with a lot of heart and spirit. They defended well and have the ability to counterattack. We might have scored earlier, we had a lot of chances. While it was goalless it was a good result for Albania. It’s always difficult against teams that keep it tight. Once we finally got going we let loose a bit, albeit slightly late in the day.
“Pogba (being on the bench) was more of a tactical decision. With that system I thought we needed two scrappers in the middle of the park. As for Griezmann, I’m managing him. Neither he nor Pogba is happy. Often players who come off the bench can make the difference. That was the case in the opening match and again tonight,” he said.
Meanwhile, Man of the Match, Dimitri Payet, recognizing his efforts, said the late goals have shown how patient the team is in winning games.
“Once again I made the difference and I’ve known for a while that my island (reunion) is right behind me and there is fervent support for Les Bleus. They’re very proud that France have made it through to the last 16.
“What’s great is that the late goals are nothing new. Since March, when we played the Netherlands, we’ve shown that we can go out and win games late on. We had to be patient”, the midfielder said.
Late goals from substitute, Antonio Griezmann and Man of the Match, Dimitri Payet, against Albania secured France qualification into the second round of the Euro 2016.