Real Madrid slams French football President comment on Zidane

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French President Noel Le Graet has been slammed by Real Madrid concerning his comment on club legend Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid fumes at the comment made by the French President Nöel Le Graët on the former manager Zinedine Zidane.

The club believes the comment on the former midfielder is disrespecting and await correction from the President.

Noel Graet, stated that he would not pick up the call of Zinedine Zidane if he calls him concerning the management of French national team.

When asked if Zidane, a World Cup winner with France in 1998 and a national icon, would now manage Brazil instead, Le Graet told RMC: “I don’t give a damn, he can go wherever he wants.

“I know very well that Zidane was always on the radar. He had a lot of supporters, some were waiting for Deschamps’s departure … But who can make serious reproaches to Deschamps? Nobody.

“He [Zidane] does what he wants, it’s none of my business. I’ve never met him, we’ve never considered parting with Didier. He can go where he wants, to a club … If Zidane tried to contact me? Certainly not, I wouldn’t even pick up the phone.”

The La Liga defending champion released a statement that: “Real Madrid C. F. laments the unfortunate comments made by the president of the French Football Federation, Nöel Le Graët, regarding Zinedine Zidane, one of the world’s biggest sporting legends.

“These remarks show a lack of respect for one of the most admired figures by football fans around the world and our club is awaiting an immediate correction. Zinedine Zidane, World and European champion representing his country, amongst many other honours, he embodies the values of the sport and has proven this throughout his professional career as a player and as a coach.

“The statements by the president of the French Football Federation are inappropriate for someone holding such representation and are in themselves unsuitable, like those he also made about our captain Karim Benzema, current Ballon d’Or, Nations League champion with France in 2021 and winner of 5 Champions Leagues, amongst many other honours.”

 

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