Kylian Mbappe appears to call out French Football Federation president for Zinedine Zidane ‘disrespect’

France AND Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe appears to have been hounded by French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet for “disrespecting” him Zinedine Zidane after the boss was asked about the former legendary talisman of Les Bleus in the wake of Didier Deschamps’ new deal runs until 2026.

Le Graet and Deschamps announced that the French coach will remain in place until after the next FIFA World Cup on Saturday, when Zidane had been touted as a possible replacement for Deschamps if 2022 Qatar the campaign did not go according to plan. France, under Deschamps, reached the final and lost Argentina on penalties with Mbappe scoring three goals, so the decision to extend the former 1998 captain and 2018 winning manager was somewhat expected.

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However, asked what Zidane would do now that Deschamps is staying, Le Graet went on a strange and meandering tirade that showed little regard for another 1998 champion and a beaten 2006 finalist, who has enjoyed managerial success with his former club. Real Madrid.

“I’d be surprised if he went there,” said Le Graet of Zidane’s Brazil connections to RMC Sport. “But he can do as he wants. It doesn’t bother me. We never met (Le Graet and Zidane) and we (FFF) never considered parting with Didier. I couldn’t care less. He could go where he wants — to a big club, a national team. Of course not (asked if Zidane tried to contact him by phone) — I wouldn’t even have taken the call.”

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Despite Le Graet’s powerful position in the FFF, 2022 World Cup top scorer Mbappe appeared to take aim at his president and rushed to the defense of one of his icons and a hugely popular national figure calling out the lack of great respect shown.

Zidane is France, you can’t help but respect such a legend. he wrote on Twitter.

Deschamps’ extension means Zidane is unlikely to see the role of France coach available until at least 2024 and the UEFA Euros in Germany which could mean he will return to the club game in the meantime. According to L’Equipe, Le Graet forced the extension without consulting the other members of the FFF.

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An audit of the FFF will present its findings in mid-February with Le Graet entering the final full year of his term, which expires in 2024 anyway. Given the many allegations against the FFF, particularly in regarding sexual misconduct and possible cover-ups, Le Graet may even find this abbreviation.

Sports Minister Amelie Oudea Castera, who is involved in the federation’s audit, also took “offence” at Le Graet’s “shameful lack of respect” and demanded the FFF boss “apologise” for going too far with his comments.


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