Didier Deschamps speaks after France’s World Cup final triumph

France head coach Didier Deschamps has revealed his delight after guiding the nation to their second World Cup title. Les Bleus started the tournament as one among the favourites for the global crown and they duly delivered after they secured a comfortable 4-2 triumph in Sunday’s final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

With the result, Deschamps became only the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager and he was ecstatic to have achieved the feat. Speaking to reporters, he said: “Professionally there’s nothing above that. Maybe they’re going to win other titles and I don’t want to undermine other titles, but when you are a professional footballer there’s nothing above that.

Bacary Sagna does not fancy Arsene Wenger managing France

France international Bacary Sagna does not think Arsene Wenger won’t enter into national team management in the future. The 68-year-old ended his 22-year reign with Arsenal last season and he has since declared that he has no plans of retiring from the game. As such, he has been tipped to succeed France boss Didier Deschamps or take up a technical role with his national team but Sagna does not believe this will happen.

“I don't think he will be the France national team manager one day because he wants to be part [of the game] every single day in what he is doing. There is only some momentum with the French national team and for him it's not enough. I think he will try to get a team [a club].After being such an important man in the football world, such a big manager and having so much influence on so many players, he can't stay away from the pitch.”

Sky Sports pundit urges Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal

Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills has urged Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal, now that he has managed to overcome his long-term injury concerns. The England international recently experienced his most productive season in the Gunners with 38 appearances across all competitions but this was simply not sufficient to earn him an England recall for the World Cup.

Wilshere has since lamented over his Three Lions snub on social media and Mills believes the midfielder should now decide on pursuing a new challenge away from the Emirates Stadium, he said: “He's a fabulous talent, an exceptional player, when he is fit. He needs to be at a club where he plays week in, week out.Sometimes you change clubs and it just works, for whatever reason it fits. That hasn't quite happened for him at Arsenal.Why is he constantly picking up these injuries? I think he needs a move and a fresh challenge.But undoubtedly he's a fantastic talent.”

Didier Deschamps Confirms Laurent Koscielny Will Miss World Cup

France national team coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of the World Cup after damaging his Achilles tendon during the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday night. The 32-year-old suffered the injury during the opening exchanges of the game and Arsene Wenger thereafter suggested that the problem was rather serious.

Beppe Marotta: Bacary Sagna Playing At Benevento ‘Unthinkable’

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta believes the Serie A no longer relies on playing Italians through the squad. The Serie A has not witnessed a match with solely Italian players since the Empoli-Sampdoria clash in 2008, and Marotta was quick to highlight the globalisation of the sport, in an interview with La Stampa.

Bacary Sagna Heaps Praise On Arsene Wenger In Recent Interview

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has heaped praised on Arsene Wenger during a recent interview with Sky Italia. The France international was in conversation with reputed journalist Gianluca di Marzio, where he talked up his time under the Gunners boss. He said: “Wenger is a great manager who deserves the best. In France, we have great respect for him: it was always a pleasure to play for him and for Arsenal. Guilherme?

Bacary Sagna confirms negotiations with Crystal Palace and West Ham United

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has revealed that he had been discussions with Crystal Palace and West Ham United prior to penning a contract with Serie A strugglers Benevento. The 35-year-old had been keen on a return to the English capital following his release from the Citizens last summer.

Wilfried Zaha to remain at Crystal Palace - Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager boss Roy Hodgson has stressed that Wilfried Zaha will remain at Selhurst Park for the season despite the ongoing link with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City. The Ivory Coast international has been in sublime touch for the Eagles since returning from injury from October, and his form has coincided with his side's climb in the Premier League table.

Speaking after Palace's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, Hodgson admitted that Zaha would not be sold during the winter transfer window as he already has assurances from the club's hierarchy. Meanwhile, the former England boss also insisted that he may look to bolster his squad further in the transfer market.

Bacary Sagna Focused on Returning Back to the Game

Many have been left wondering that former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been unable to secure a move to any club since leaving the latter on a free transfer. The 34-year-old defender left City at the end of the last season after his contract came to an end. He had been with Manchester City for the last few years, after joining Arsenal more than a decade ago. Since he has become one of the key Premier league defenders over the last decade, the 34-year-old was expected to secure a quick to move to another Premier league or French Ligue 1 club.

However, it has not happened and Sagna still remains as a free agent. No club has been able to sign him up due to several concerns like wages and fitness. The 34-year-old has dismissed rumours that he is set to announce his retirement. He claims that he is keeping himself fit and as competitive in order to be attractive to his next club. Sagna is confident that he will be able to figure a move to another club before the end of the January transfer window. At 34 years of age, he may not have a long time left in the game, but there is a significant possibility that he will be much more attractive given his experience and the lack of a transfer fee.

Paul Merson urges Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal

Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson has urged Jack Wilshere to pursue a fresh challenge in the New Year in order to improve his chances of making England's World Cup squad next summer. The 25-year-old was excluded from the latest Three Lions squad by Gareth Southgate, who cited the midfielder's limited game time as the prime reason.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson feels Wilshere should move from the Emirates in January as he is unlikely to gain regular playing time in north London. Southgate recently rewarded maiden England call-ups to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jack Cork ahead of Wilshere, and this has provided signs that he should move on.