Noël Le Graët will pick up his phone to explain himself to Zinedine Zidane.
According to our information, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has planned to contact the former playmaker of the Blues in the coming hours on Monday.
The boss of French football wants to return to his remarks, made Sunday evening live on RMC, where he said he had "nothing to shake" from the prospect of seeing the former coach of Real Madrid, on the horizon blocked at the Bleus after the extension of Didier Deschamps until 2026, take charge of the national team of Brazil.
The 81-year-old leader has already issued a public apology in the morning, via a statement sent to AFP.
"I would like to apologize for these remarks which absolutely do not reflect my thoughts, nor my consideration for the player he was and the coach he has become," said Noël Le Graët.
I gave an interview to RMC that I should not have given because he was looking for controversy by opposing Didier to Zinedine Zidane, two monuments of French football.
Zinedine Zidane knows the immense esteem I have for him, like all French people.
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Le Breton intends to explain to "ZZ" that the casualness of his remarks was not aimed at him, but was part of an exchange between the radio journalist in charge of the interview, perceived during the exchange as support for "Zizou" and an opponent of the extension of DD's lease.
Noël Le Graët intends to reaffirm the respect he has for the one he met in Paris in October, when Zidane came to present the Ballon d'Or to Karim Benzema.
Zidane will not speak on the hot topic
In February 2021, Noël Le Graët said in an interview with RTL that "if Deschamps stopped, the first person [he would see] is Zidane".
Sunday, the president of the FFF affirmed that he would not "even have taken [Zidane] on the phone" if the latter had called before the extension of Didier Deschamps, acquired in the wake of the excellent course of the Blues at the World Cup in Qatar.
According to our information, Zinedine Zidane does not intend to react publicly for the moment to the release of Noël Le Graët.
The 1998 world champion does not wish to fuel the controversy with a response to the president of the FFF in the media or via social networks.