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Deschamps to extend as Bleus boss?

Publish on 13/07/2020 at 12:00

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World Cup-winning France coach Didier Deschamps talked about his future in the job, refusing to rule out a contract extension that would see him become Les Bleus' longest-serving boss.

Didier Deschamps, who last year extended his tenure at the helm of Les Bleus, will not rule out continuing the adventure with the French team - which would see him become the longest-serving France coach in history.

'Not ruling anything out'

Currently under contract through to the 2022 World Cup, Deschamps understands the extent to which results condition a coach's tenure but sees no reason to call time on his adventure with France's elite representatives.

"If I go all the way to the end as planned, it'll be a little over ten years. That's already a long time," explained Deschamps, who took over from former France teammate Laurent Blanc in 2013. "I'm not ruling anything out. Today, I'm not going to say no. I'm not worried about my own future and I never have been - even in difficult times, and there have been plenty of them on the way to where we are today."

No sweat

Indeed, Deschamps has had to build his squad up over the years, and it was far from a foregone conclusion that his charges would lift football's biggest prize in Russia in 2018.

"The first complicated event was the World Cup play-off match against Ukraine (in 2013)," explained Deschamps, whose side overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 on aggregate - thanks to Karim Benzema and a Mamadou Sakho double - and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. "I certainly wouldn't be here today if it hadn't happened the way it did. I'm dealing with it all calmly and serenely."