Didier Deschamps, the coach of the national team of France, said that he is confident that one day Zinedine Zidane will surely coach the French national side.
Football news: He has the freedom to leave while being at the top, says Deschamps on Zidane’s decision to leave Madrid
Deschamps international team-mate has recently announced that he would leaving the managerial post of Real Madrid, five days after leading the Los Blancos side to their third consecutive Champions League glory.
The former France international has said that it was totally his own decision and would now like to take a break from management, as he followed in the footsteps of former Barcelona managers Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.
Deschamps’ contract for the France team runs up to 2020 and he thinks that Zidane would be his ideal successor when he leaves the post.
"If I will be proud to hand him the keys of the French team? I don't have them," Deschamps joked at a news conference.
"It's up to the president [of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet].
"I don't know what he [Zidane] decided. I think for now, he wants to enjoy the rest, his family and loved ones.
"And then after, and as I said, he will definitely be a coach of the French team someday.
"When? I cannot say. But it seems logical. It will happen when it happens."
Both Zidane and Deschamps were international team-mates when France won the World Cup in 1998 on home soil. Deschamps said that he can understand why Zidane has opted to leave the post on a high note.
"It's his decision and it must be respected. He had to think for a long time and if he made that decision, he had to be convinced that it was the best for him," Deschamps said.
"Looking at what he has achieved over these three years is something fantastic. For him and his club. I don't have all the ins and outs, but I can understand that he made that decision.
"To leave while being at the top, he has that freedom. Some take it, some don't. And some are obliged too. I don't have all the details, but I can understand. The moments and success he has known. We know each other well enough and we have mutual respect."