French team: Deschamps’ surprise, he raises an improbable controversy
With the injuries to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, places have become available in the French squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
This has particularly benefited Jordan Veretout, who has performed well for Olympique de Marseille but has found himself at the center of a rather unexpected debate.
It is a very different France team from that of 2018, which will be in Qatar to defend its title. There is no trace of the midfield of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, which was so valuable to Didier Deschamps. In their place, Aurelien Tchoumeni and Adrien Rabiot could form the new starting pair, although other solutions may present themselves.
The Frenchman, who arrived at OM during the last Mercato, could also try his luck in the next few weeks. “If you had told me that I would be selected for the World Cup three weeks or a month ago, I would have said no,” the midfielder, who has five caps to his name, recently told La Provence. “I am called up largely thanks to my performances over the last month. I am very happy and delighted to be part of the list.
French team: A conflict of interest around Veretout’s presence?
A beautiful story common to international competitions like the World Cup, but it could be tainted by a small controversy. Le Monde denounces a conflict of interest for the presence of Jordan Veretout in Didier Deschamps’ list. The daily points to a link between the French team’s storekeeper Bachir Nehar and Vadim Vasilyev, who is said to have acted as an intermediary in Veretout’s transfer to OM.
A ‘gift’ after his transfer to OM?
As Le Monde notes, Néhar is also Vasilyev’s employee, working as a team manager in his sports management and consultancy company VV Consulting. He is said to have lobbied internally for Jordan Veretout’s call-up to the World Cup, presumably at the expense of other candidates. It should be noted that on 9 November this issue was already mentioned on RMC Sport by Daniel Riolo, who described Veretout’s presence in Deschamps’ list as a “gift”.