‘Surprised’ Deschamps accepts he could’ve made more effort with Koscielny

Didier Deschamps was surprised by the criticism made by Laurent Koscielny during his international retirement announcement, but accepts that he could have made a greater effort with the central defender during his lay-off due to injury.

Koscielny called the time in his France. race on Sunday, citing disappointment with coach Deschamps due to a lack of communication while on the sidelines.

A torn Achilles in May drove out the Arsenal star from the World Cup, and the 33-year-old admitted mixed feelings about the eventual success of Les Bleus in Russia during an emotional interview with Canal +.

Deschamps was surprised by Koscielny's comments but said that his admiration for the central defender as a man and player has not changed.

"I was surprised, as were all the staff," Deschamps told reporters Monday. "We are talking about a player who was injured in his professional life.

" The World Cup was an end-of-career goal for him, but he could not be there. This is a very serious disappointment, leaves many issues pending.

"For my part, I called him after his injury, I even discussed his choice of surgeon with him, I invited him to come during the preparation of [World Cup] if I wanted to, I made sure he could reach the final on the plane presidential.

"I answered him in September for his birthday, I had a brief conversation with him on the phone yesterday. It is true that there was no [spoken with him] in the last 15 days or a month or so. I could have done more.

"It will not change what I think of Lolo [Koscielny] as a player and as a man, he is someone who has good values".

France returned to the competition on Tuesday. When they face Germany in the League of Nations and Deschamps is playing with the idea of ​​playing Kylian Mbappe as the center forward.

"Kylian performs well in different positions," Deschamps said. "It's an option with a different profile than [Olivier] Giroud.

" I went with this idea on Thursday [after the 2-2 draw with Iceland]. He is capable of being effective too. When it is in the middle, it also moves a lot towards the flanks.

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