Layvin Kurzawa said that his comments about his national team coach, Didier Deschamps, were just a “youthful mistake” and he claimed that his relationship with the Frenchman is very good despite that.
Kurzawa was the victim of an alleged blackmail attempt a few months ago when it emerged he had been recorded saying negative things about Deschamps at a bar in Paris. Four men have been arrested and charged. The recording ultimately did not surface, but Kurzawa does not expect it to be the last mistake he ever makes, according to ESPN.
The PSG full-back spoke about this incident and he said that everybody makes mistakes sometimes: “As far as I am concerned, everybody makes mistakes. In fact, I am sure I will do again. It was a youthful mistake. The coach? We have spoken about it. He was aware of it before. I do not want to dwell on that, though, it is in the past now. I am in the team and everything is fine with the coach. My relationship with him is very good. He was not bothered by it — it was more the people around me.”
Deschamps himself also said that he doesn’t think that it’s a big deal: “It is not a big deal. Afterwards, he said a lot of things. I try to defend my players. I have a trusting relationship with them. We must not forget that they are human beings. If they were robots, they would not move, would not say anything and would not do anything. However, we should note that in the modern football media environment, there is a lot of aggression and violent words from time to time.”
He is able to understand his player’s behaviour: “As Layvin said, he is a human being. He has parents, a family and these people bear the brunt of it, so sometimes a little kindness and empathy are needed. That does not stop the critics though.”