Didier Deschamps Signs New France Contract Until 2022

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2019

France's coach Didier Deschamps holds the 2018 World Cup trophy as he celebrates during a ceremony for the victory of the 2018 World Cup at the end of the UEFA Nations League football match between France and Netherlands at the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, northern of Paris, on September 9, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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France manager Didier Deschamps has agreed a contract extension until 2022, meaning he will lead the team at the next FIFA World Cup.

The French Football Federation posted the news on its Twitter account:


Noël Le Gräet et Didier Deschamps se sont entendus sur une prolongation de contrat de 2 ans et demi. Le sélectionneur des Bleus est lié avec la FFF jusqu'à la fin de la Coupe du monde de la FIFA 2022. https://t.co/pRuYAweCB2

Per BBC Sport, upon confirming the news, French football president Noel Le Graet called the new deal a "logical decision." As relayed in the report, Le Graet previously said that if France qualified for the 2020 UEFA European Championship, Deschamps' deal would be extended.

Deschamps, who won the World Cup with France as captain in 1998, made history as a coach 20 years on when he steered the team to the same title as a manager.

The French team were the standout outfit in the tournament in Russia, and their competition eventually culminated with a thrilling 4-2 win in the final against Croatia: 

Although Deschamps has previously been accused of adopting a negative style as manager, he's been able to bring the best out of some excellent players in the final third. Antoine Griezmann has formed a fine partnership up top with Olivier Giroud, while Kylian Mbappe has frequently thrilled from a wide berth.

In defence, he's utilised the talents of Raphael Varane to great effect, while the likes of N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi present Deschamps with a surfeit of midfield options.

Per the Euro 2020 Twitter account, Deschamps will now be seeking a double-double when it comes to major championships: 

UEFA EURO 2020 @EURO2020

Deschamps with 🇫🇷 = 🤯 ⁣ Player 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣8️⃣ World champion⁣ Player 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ European champion⁣ ⁣ Manager 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ World champion⁣ Manager 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ ❓❓❓ ⁣ ⁣ #EURO2020 https://t.co/26kQeeiqr3

Given they are now a team full of bona fide winners, France will be one of the favourites for glory at the competition next summer.

If the team were to suffer a poor tournament, that may bring Deschamps' position into question, even with this contract in mind. However, France have been so consistent and so effective in big games under his tenure that it'll take a force of a football team to oust them in pursuit of the title in 2020.