Didier Deschamps ‘could continue as France manager until after 2026 World Cup’, with Emmanuel Macron keen for him to stay… but the decision ‘could prevent Karim Benzema’s potential U-turn on international retirement’

Didier Deschamps has suggested he could continue as France manager until after Euro 2024.

The 54-year-old missed the chance to become just the second manager ever to win two World Cups on Sunday as his side lost on penalties to eventual champions Argentina, but won the tournament with his home nation in 2018.

According to L’Equipe via Get French Football News, Deschamps is keen to lead his side at Germany 2024, and possibly to the World Cup in North America in 2026 despite suggestions he could leave the role after this year’s tournament.

France manager Didier Deschamps is reportedly keen to stay on as manager until the 2026 World Cup

France manager Didier Deschamps is reportedly keen to stay on as manager until the 2026 World Cup

Deschamps was among the France players to arrive back in Paris on Monday evening

Deschamps was among the France players to arrive back in Paris on Monday evening

His side lost in the World Cup final on penalties to eventual champions Argentina in Lusail

His side lost in the World Cup final on penalties to eventual champions Argentina in Lusail

France came incredibly close to lifting the trophy again in Qatar, which would have been their third title, despite missing several of their key players through injury.

Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema were among those absent, normally important players in Deschamps’ side, leaving fans wondering how France would have fared if they had a fully fit squad available.

Benzema has since appeared to announce his retirement from international football, but reports have suggested he could change his mind if Deschamps was to leave his role.

Karim Benzema could reportedly make a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football if Deschamps leaves the role

Karim Benzema could reportedly make a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football if Deschamps leaves the role

Former Real Madrid and France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been linked with taking over

Former Real Madrid and France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been linked with taking over

Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with taking over as France manager, a man Benzema worked with in the past at Real Madrid, with Deschamps’ contract set to expire at the end of the calendar year.

Deschamps didn’t want to speak about his future in the immediate aftermath of France’s loss to Argentina, but it was confirmed he would meet French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet to discuss his future soon.

A decision isn’t expected until the new year, but it is understood Le Graet and France president Emmanuel Macron, who was present in Lusail on Sunday, want Deschamps to stay.

It is believed that the talent of France’s young players is a key factor in Deschamps’ desire to stay in his role.

French president Emmanuel Macron is said to be keen for the 54-year-old to stay in his role

French president Emmanuel Macron is said to be keen for the 54-year-old to stay in his role



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