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Will France coach Deschamps extend contract?

Deschamps has been in charge for 10 years

didier-deschamps-afp Didier Deschamps | AFP

France coach Didier Deschamps will meet with French football federation president Nol Le Grat next week to discuss a new contract.

Deschamps, who has been in charge for 10 years, has led Les Bleus to three major finals and won the 2018 World Cup.

France lost a thrilling World Cup final to Argentina last Sunday in Qatar and were also beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal six years ago.

His contract expires at the end of this year. Le Grat told Ouest-France newspaper on Thursday that he is going to meet Deschamps and hopes he stays on.

“He holds all the cards,” Le Grat told Ouest-France. “Because I had told him that as long as he reached the (World Cup) semifinals then the decision belonged to him.”

Deschamps, reportedly, wants a four-year deal, taking him to the 2026 World Cup. But he may only be offered two years with an option for a further two years depending on results.

“I think we will reach an agreement,” Le Grat said.

The next major tournament is the 2024 European Championship in Germany.

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