Real Madrid wade into Zinedine Zidane ‘phone call’ row engulfing French football, attacking FA president Noel Le Graet for saying he ‘would not pick up’ to their ex-boss and for his handling of Karim Benzema
Real Madrid have released a statement defending Zinedine Zidane after the president of the French Football Federation said he would have rejected the 50-year-old’s phone call if he rang to enquire about the national team job.
The former Real Madrid boss had been linked with the France job after Les Bleus lost to Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final. However, the FFF recently announced that Didier Deschamps had signed a contract extension until 2026.
Noel Le Graet, the French Football Federation president, rubbed further salt in the wounds by saying Zidane was never in the running to take over Les Bleus and that he would not have even answered his call.
Real Madrid have defended Zinedine Zidane in an official statement on their website
The Spanish giants released a statement in support of Zidane. The club referred to him as ‘one of the greatest legends of world sport’ and said Graet’s comments were disrespectful.
The club’s statement read: ‘Real Madrid CF regrets the unfortunate statements made by the president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, about Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest legends of world sport.
‘These words imply a lack of respect towards one of the figures most admired by football fans around the world and our club expects an immediate rectification.
‘Zinedine Zidane, world champion and European champion defending his country’s jersey, among many other titles, represents the values of sport and has demonstrated 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 who holds that representation and disqualify themselves, like the ones he also makes about our captain Karim Benzema, current Ballon d’Or, champion of the League of Nations with France in 2021 and winner of 5 Champions League, among many other titles.’
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Noel Le Graet (L) claimed that he would not have picked up a phone call from Zidane