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Noel Le Graet suspended as FFF president after comments on Real Madrid legend Zidane

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In a major development, as reported by RMC Sport, Noel Le Graet has been suspended as the president of France Football Federation (FFF) following his derogatory comments on Real Madrid and Les Bleus legend Zinedine Zidane.

Le Graet came into the line of fire after he made ill-advised comments regarding Zidane and his possible candidacy for the French national team manager’s job.

Following the extension of Didier Deschamps until 2026, it was reported that Zidane might consider taking up the Brazil job. When asked about that development, Le Graet had said (h/t Guardian):

“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.”

Following this, Le Graet had attracted a lot of criticism from current and former footballers while Real Madrid had also issued a statement condemning those comments. The French Government were also forced to step in and condemn Le Graet, following which he had issued an apology.

However, now, FFF have moved to suspend Le Graet as the president at an extraordinary executive committee meeting, with Philippe Diallo taking over on an interim basis.

Whether this development affects Deschamps’ continuity as the manager of the French national team will be interesting to see.

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  1. Jay Rollins

    January 12, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    What has Zidane done wrong to him? I have never seen a humble and a hard working coach like Zidane. If he agrees to take Franch national job it ought to be a welcome idea from the president but now he shows himself as an enemy of progress. Please he should leave that seat as Franch President immediately as he doesn’t worth such a seat!

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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