Didier Deschamps signs contract extension to lead French national team until the 2026 World Cup following Qatar heartbreak… ending speculation over his future
- Didier Deschamps has agreed a contract extension to remain France manager
- Deschamps is set to lead the national team at the next two major tournaments
- The 54-year-old had been considering his future after the World Cup final defeat
- Deschamps has been in charge of the French national team since 2012
Didier Deschamps has agreed a contract extension to remain as France national team coach through to the conclusion of the 2026 World Cup.
The French Football Federation confirmed Deschamps’ new deal will run to the end of June 2026, taking him through to the conclusion of the next World Cup.
The extension will see Deschamps lead the French national team through the next two major tournaments, having been at the helm of Les Bleus since 2012.
Didier Deschamps has agreed to extend his contract as France national team manager
Deschamps announced the deal during the French Football Federation’s assembly in Paris
Deschamps announced the extension during the French Football Federation’s General Assembly in Paris.
‘I obviously thank the president for his ongoing support and his continued confidence,’ Deschamps said, as per Le Parisien.
‘It’s something essential in the functioning of the French team.
‘I realised since my return the emotions and the passion that this World Cup had been able to generate.
‘There was a lot of passion and support.
‘We have two big games against the Netherlands and against Ireland in March, on the road to qualifying for Euro 2024 in Germany.
‘You can count on me, on all the staff to ensure that the French team remains at the highest international level.’
Deschamps had admitted he had been considering his future after the World Cup final loss
France suffered defeat to Argentina on penalties after a thrilling final in Qatar last month
The French Football Federation have hailed the extension, highlighting Deschamps exceptional record with the national team.
Deschamps led France to their second World Cup triumph at the 2018 tournament in Russia, before falling agonisingly short of retaining their crown in Qatar.
France were beaten on penalties by Argentina in the final, following a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time.
Deschamps has also led France to the final of Euro 2016, as well as winning the Nations League in 2021.
He will remain in charge of the national team for the next two major tournaments, with qualification beginning in March for Euro 2024 in Germany.
FFF President Noel Le Graet, right, had been determined to keep Deschamps as manager
Deschamps’ contract would see him on course to lead France at a fourth consecutive World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.
His assistant Guy Stephan, goalkeeper coach Franck Raviot, and fitness coach Cyril Moine will also remain in their positions.
French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet, who appointed Deschamps back in 2012, had been vocal in his desire to keep the 54-year-old in charge.
Le Graet held talks with Deschamps last month, with the official even hinting the coach could lead the team at the 2030 World Cup.
Contract talks reportedly centred around the option of a two-year deal for Euro 2024, with the possibility to extend to the 2026 World Cup, as well as a four-year contract.
Deschamps reportedly pushed for a four-year contract, according to Le Parisien, which has now been agreed.