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Real Madrid hit out at French Football Federation president after Zinedine Zidane comments



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In an official statement issued by the club, Real Madrid have hit out at French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet after his comments against Zinedine Zidane.

The former Real Madrid and France icon was in contention to be named the manager of the national team, but the FFF decided to renew Didier Deschamps instead. Following that reports emerged claiming Zidane could manage Brazil after being snubbed by Les Bleus.

In response to that, Le Graet 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.”

Soon after these comments emerged PSG and France star and long-term Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe had criticised the FFF president for disrespecting a legend like Zidane.

Now, Los Blancos have also issued a statement, which reads as follows: “Real Madrid CF regrets the unfortunate statements made by the president of the French Football Federation, Nöel Le Graët, about Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest legends of world sport.”

Stating that Le Graet’s words demonstrate a lack of respect towards Zidane and what he means to the game, Real Madrid stated that they want the FFF President to rectify his statements.

“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.”

On top of that, Real Madrid also criticised Le Graet for his statements on current Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema as well, saying:

“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.”

With Zidane gathering a wave of support, it will be interesting to see how Le Graet responds after his ill-advised comments against one of the greatest footballer of all time.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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