Mbappé defends Zidane after Le Graët’s comments cause a stir

PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé has stepped in to defend Zinedine Zidane following dismissive comments toward the France great from French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët. The World Cup star Mbappé posted a message on his Twitter account saying “Zidane is France, you don’t disrespect a legend like that.” Le Graët recently extended current France coach Didier Deschamps’ contract until July, 2026. He was a guest on RMC radio’s talk show on Sunday and was asked about rumors linking Zidane to take over the vacant Brazil coaching role. Le Graët told RMC “I couldn’t care less. He can go where he likes” adding that he wouldn’t have picked up the phone of Zidane had called.

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