Angel di Maria fancies Kylian Mbappe to become future Ballon d’Or winner

Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria believes teammate Kylian Mbappe has the attributes to become a future winner of the Ballon d’Or. The Frenchman has made great strides over the past 30 months and he managed to build his reputation further after contributing four goals en route to Les Bleus’ World Cup glory.

Speaking to reporters, Di Maria described Mbappe as a ‘phenomenon’ and said that the 20-year-old has great potential to go on to win the Ballon d’Or crown, he said: “Kylian is a phenomenon. Since his exit from he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup. “If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”
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France And FIFA Signed An Agreement On The Development Of African Football

The governing body of football, FIFA along with French Football Federation is known to have signed an agreement that is aimed to develop football in Francophone Africa.

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, and Noël Le Graët, the FFF boss hopes that the deal is going to contribute to the Forward Program of FIFA when it comes to technical support. This is the first agreement for FIFA. It is important and symbolic. Moreover, it is an example that others are going to follow as said by Infantino in Paris during the signing of the agreement.
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Mateo Guendouzi won’t switch international allegiance to Morocco

Arsenal midfielder Mateo Guendouzi has revealed that he has no plans of switching his international allegiance to Morocco after having featured for the youth teams with France. The 19-year-old has quickly adapted to the Premier League football since making the switch from Lorient over the summer and this recently witnessed him earn a call-up to the France under-21 squad.

Amidst this, there were rumours suggesting that Morocco could send their entourage to convince Guendouzi to switch his allegiance but the midfielder has insisted that does not remain a possibility, he told Canal +: “Since I was young, I’ve always played with the French teams. It’s a dream to play with the France senior team. And I’m hoping to get there, it’s a dream for me to make it happen.”
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Paul Pogba backs Alexis Sanchez to come good for Manchester United

France international Paul Pogba has backed Alexis Sanchez to come good for Manchester United during the course of the current campaign. The Chilean attacker joined the Red Devils from Arsenalduring the 2018 winter transfer window but he has since struggled to produce consistent performances with just three goals from 23 appearances.

As a result, the winger has received plenty of criticism from the United supporters regarding his showing on the playing field but Pogba has stressed that the 29-year-old should return to his old self sooner rather than later, he told Sky Sports News: “What you have to know about Alexis is he is a hard worker.
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Nabil Fekir refuses to rule out summer exit

Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has refused to rule out a summer exit amid the ongoing speculation regarding his future. The France international was heavily tipped to join Liverpool before the World Cup but the deal was scuppered at the final hurdle after the Reds had concerns regarding his injury record.

Since then, Chelsea have joined the race for his signature and Fekir has now admitted that he could part ways with Lyon during the summer, he said: “As you can see, I am in Lyon. I am very happy here, but the transfer window is still long and everything goes very quickly in football. We don’t know what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon. I feel brilliant in this squad. We have very good players, a great atmosphere.”
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Deschamps proud of his team

French manager Didier Deschamps said that he is proud of his team after they have reached the final of the 2018 World Cup. He said that it was a tough game against Belgium and that the players needed to be at their best in order to win the game.

Didier Deschamps said that reaching the final is an important achievement for the French side as they are a young team with some inexperienced players. He said that they knew beforehand that it will be hard to play against Belgium and the players had to fight a lot to win the ball.
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Olivier Giroud admits France coach influenced Arsenal exit

Olivier Giroud has revealed that France coach Didier Deschamps urged him to leave Arsenal during the recently concluded transfer window. The 31-year-old joined Premier League champions Chelsea last month after the Gunners accepted an £18m sum for his services.

In an exclusive from Telefoot, Giroud admitted that he took the opinion of Deschamps prior to his proposed exit from the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, the Frenchman also admitted that he had received interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and AS Roma, but his choice was clear to join Chelsea after talks with Antonio Conte, he said: “A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps’) opinion.
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Ribery still important for Bayern

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba announced that even with all the injuries that Franck Ribery has been sustaining for the past 2 seasons, the French winger still has an important role to play in Bayern Munich and the Austrian defender is confident that Ribery will be able to make his return into the playing grounds and bounce back from all of his recent physical struggles.

David Alaba said: “Franck is a guy who is very strong mentally. I am not too worried about him. He wants to make his comeback as soon as possible and is working hard to achieve that. Bayern still need Ribery. Franck can become very important for us once more.” more

THE NEXT ZZ?

Samir Nasri was regarded as the next Zinedine Zidane when he was a young and upcoming player at Marseille. His career went to new heights after joining Arsenal a few years ago, while he has become an even better player after joining Manchester City. However, he certainly struggled last season under the management of Roberto Mancini, whose hard-line stance did not help him get form. It was even suggested that Nasri would be sold in the summer if Mancini stayed at the club. However, it was the manager who left and Nasri has since become an integral part of the City team under Manuel Pellegrini.

They have been challenging for the title since the start of the campaign and they already have one title in the bag. The Capital One Cup success was largely down to the individual brilliance of Nasri, who scored just moments after Yaya Toure equalised against Sunderland. Nasri has scored only four goals, but he has created six assists in the 26 league appearances he has made for City this season. Despite this good run of form, Nasri has been overlooked for the recent international matches by France manager Didier Deschamps.

The 26-year-old is also pessimistic about his chances of making it into the World Cup 2014 squad.

“I want to wear this shirt but if I do not go to the World Cup it will make it two I have missed. At the moment I am rather pessimistic than optimistic so far. I was not part of the last friendly against the Netherlands and it was the last call before the World Cup group being named and I didn’t get any explanation. But if I don’t go to the World Cup, it will be because of my inadequate performances in the national team rather than my behaviour,” said Nasri.

FRANCE GET EXCELLENT WIN

France recently managed an excellent 2-0 win over World Cup favourites Netherlands in the friendly match. This was one of the final friendly matches for the national teams before they prepare to take part in the World Cup 2014. After having not done well in recent major tournaments, France will go into this tournament not even as one of the dark horses. However, expectations have increased significantly after the team managed a win over one of the World Cup hopefuls. France have now been defeated only once in the last five matches.

Karim Benzema, who has been in fine form for Real Madrid, continued his scoring streak with the opening goal. PSG midfielder Matuidi doubled the advantage for France with a goal nine minutes later. Didier Deschamps said after the match that he did not want expectations to rise as a result of this win. He has recalled that the Dutch national team were without a number of influential players like Arjen Robben because manager Louis van Gaal was looking to test out a few players before the World Cup. Both France and Netherlands have tough groups respectively and they need to negotiate with them carefully in order to overcome the ghosts of the recent World Cup.

“You can get carried away, but not too much. We played a good Dutch team but they were without several important players, including (Arjen) Robben. The players have triggered great expectations. It was something important. It will not make us World Cup favourites but it was important to keep the dynamic (after the Ukraine game). People are loving it. The players have a duty. That (France) jersey must be above everything,” said Deschamps.

France have three more friendlies before the start of the World Cup, but they will be against lesser opposition like Jamaica and Norway.