Now a world champion both as a player and as a manager, Didier Deschamps could easily have decided it was time to try something new, like return to club football.
However, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, as he wants to continue with the France national team and help them achieve great things, focusing on the 2020 Euros, a competition they came so close to winning in 2016.
One man who will likely be integral to his plans is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who grew in confidence as the tournament went on, becoming one of the team’s leaders in the process.
Speaking to Sport/Foot in Belgium, Deschamps only had nice things to say about the Red Devils’ midfielder, whom the magazine feel underwent a ‘metamorphosis’ during the World Cup in Russia.
He said: “It didn’t surprise me. Paul is a nice guy, who listens and always think about the team. I spoke a lot with him. He was a model for his teammates, even if he’s only 25. After all, he was at the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Euros.
“Before the tournament in Russia, we often said we were lacking personalities in the squad, but they emerged during the World Cup”.
Following the success of their midfielder with his national team, Manchester United fans will be hoping their star will be able to carry his form into the Premier League and Champions League campaigns at club level.
The 1998 World Cup helped Zinedine Zidane reach a whole new level, so why couldn’t Paul Pogba follow in his footsteps and do exactly the same?