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Rémi Garde: ‘I am sad to read the criticism of Wenger and the bad words’

In an exclusive interview the former Aston Villa manager discusses the latest crop of French talent including Kylian Mbappé, the future of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal and his own ambitions to return to the Premier League as a manager

Flooded with tantalising possibility, the temptation for Didier Deschamps to pick his next France squad merely by drawing lots must have some traction. The new wave of talent to burst on to the scene is impossible to ignore as they have sparkled in European football this season as well as domestically. Deschamps’ most recent squad included the startlingly spectacular Kylian Mbappé (aged 18), Ousmane Dembélé (19), Thomas Lemar (21), Adrian Rabiot (22), Corentin Tolisso (22), Benjamin Mendy (22) and Tiemoué Bakayoko (22).

French football has witnessed a whirlwind gathering speed during the season. This week Monaco and Lyon fly the flag in European semi-finals, the former up against Juventus in the Champions League and the latter taking on Ajax in the Europa League. Paris Saint-Germain eclipse all-comers in French football financially but their rivals have found a way to shine through balanced team building and faith in youth.

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