As Les Bleues prepare for two friendly matches against Germany on October 7 and Sweden on October 11, Wendie Renard, captain of Les Bleues (136 caps, 33 goals, eight Champions Leagues), who comes , at 32, to extend his contract with OL until 2026, revealed himself during an interview given to L'Equipe.
She notably pointed to the "too slow" evolution of women's football in France before returning to the Diallo-Hamraoui affair.
“Since my arrival in mainland France in 2006, there has been a real evolution but behind the 2019 World Cup in France, we have not managed to ride this positive wave, she regrets.
It was not just the Covid: we did not manage to keep this momentum and we are stagnating.
We had a bit of a lead, at least at OL, and we facilitated the emergence of women's football in France, but in Italy, Spain and England, they went professional, and we didn't.
At OL, we are considered pros but we are managed by the FFF, not by a league, so we are amateurs.
It is a problem.
The FFF must allow women's football to have a League.
"We ask ourselves questions, because if everything that comes out is true, it's really hot"
Asked about the Hamraoui affair (Aminata Diallo is suspected of having ordered the attack on Kheira Hamraoui, her former PSG teammate), Wendie Renard was cautious.
“It tarnishes the image of women's football, she says.
But even in the Netflix series, we don't see that... There are a lot of questions, well me, personally, I ask myself a lot.
I don't want to intrude, I want to stay away from all of this, but if everything we read is accurate, it's sad, and an incredible story.
I rubbed shoulders with the two players in the France team, and one wonders why..."
Will the subject be discussed between the Blues?
“I don't think we talk about it when we meet in the France team, but if we have to do it to evacuate it, I think the coach will talk about it quietly, replies Wendie Renard.
Rivalry happens every day, and not just in sport, in business too.
But from there to manage to do these improbable things... We ask ourselves questions, because if everything that comes out is true, it's really hot.
I don't really understand, and it hurts.