Deschamps extends France stay

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Didier Deschamps has extended his contract as France coach until 2020, the French Football Federation has announced.

Deschamps took over in 2012 by replacing Laurent Blanc and led Les Bleus to the final of Euro 2016 on home soil, where they lost to Portugal.

He has also taken them to next year’s World Cup with just one defeat in their 10 qualifying matches.

“For me Didier is the best, there is no contest,” said Noel Le Graet at a press conference in Paris.

“Everyone on the executive committee of the FFF unanimously supports this extension.”

The deal will take the 49-year-old Deschamps through to the end of Euro 2020, meaning he will have been in charge for eight years.

“With Deschamps, France is once again a country that counts,” Le Graet added in justifying the decision.

“This contract extension is the reward and ends any false doubt that could have troubled France in their preparation for the World Cup next June.”
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