Deschamps tips Zidane to manage Les Bleus

France coach Didier Deschamps has predicted that Zinedine Zidane will someday manage the national team.

Both managers were part of the France 98 squad that won the first ever World Cup on home soil.

Deschamps went on to become the national team boss and made history with Les Bleus by becoming the first French man to win the World Cup as a manager and player.

And the former Les Bleus skipper feels Zizou is destined to manage the French team.

“One day he will have a part to play and will take this job,” he told L’Equipe.

“I don’t know when. It could have happened before, it could be after. I don’t know.

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“But it seems logical for him like it was for me. But I don’t think it’s his issue at the moment or mine.”

Deschamps also reiterated his confidence in Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti after both have endured difficult seasons with their clubs.

“I know what they’re capable of,” he said.

“You can go through a bad run of form, they can’t be at their best for eight months straight. But they are very important players that are used to a high level.

“Although there are questions about [Varane], they haven’t stopped him performing well on the pitch for Real Madrid,” he added. As for Umtiti, Deschamps said the centre defender “needs game time” after the long injury setback he has gone through.