sport news Didier Deschamps expects Zinedine Zidane to become France manager

France coach Didier Deschamps fully expects Zinedine Zidane to take charge of Les Bleus one day, but is not letting that prospect distract him from his World Cup mission.

Zidane is now a free agent after stepping down as boss just days after leading the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League title.

Deschamps, who along with Zidane helped France win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, was asked if Thursday's surprise development had put him under any extra pressure - positive or negative - as he prepares the highly-fancied French for a tilt at glory in Russia.

France coach Didier Deschamps expects Zinedine Zidane to take charge of Les Bleus one day

France coach Didier Deschamps expects Zinedine Zidane to take charge of Les Bleus one day

Deschamps was speaking after overseeing France training on Thursday in Nice

Deschamps was speaking after overseeing France training on Thursday in Nice

Deschamps is preparing France for the 2018 World Cup with a friendly on Friday against Italy

Deschamps is preparing France for the 2018 World Cup with a friendly on Friday against

The former Juventus boss' response, after France trained on Thursday, was to insist he remains completely focused on the task at hand.

'Positive pressure? I don't know,' a smiling Deschamps said ahead of Friday's international friendly against in Nice. 'I'm here, immersed in my group. My energy is focused on the major event that awaits us.

'There will be a post-World Cup certainly. But I don't ask myself that question. I remain focused and focused on what lies ahead with this group of players.'

Nevertheless, Deschamps is convinced that his former team-mate will inherit his position - be it directly or further down the line - as France coach.

Deschamps, who is under contract until 2020, added: 'It's not me who holds the keys, it's my president.

France forward Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during the pre-World Cup training session

France forward Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during the pre-World Cup training session

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