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Arsene Wenger wouldn't want France job and will find a club soon - Bacary Sagna

Arsene Wenger wouldn't want France job and will find a club soon - Bacary Sagna

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has said he could stay at the club despite reports that he would leave in the summer.

Belgium international Alderweireld has been linked with Manchester United after failing to agree a new Spurs deal.

"Yeah, why not? he said when asked after his country's friendly win over Costa Rica whether he could stay. "I have two years left on my contract. I don't know what is going to happen."

Earlier this month, sources told ESPN FC that Tottenham and United and Tottenham were around £20 million apart in their valuations of Alderweireld.

United had hoped to tie up a deal for the defender before the World Cup but were unable to agree a fee.

Sources said they were willing to pay around £50m but Spurs value the 29-year-old at closer to £70m.

Alderweireld has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for £25m next summer if he has not reached agreement over a new contract.

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Laurent Blanc told Le Monde he would like to prove himself as a coach outside of France as he continues to be linked to take over at Chelsea.

Blanc, 52, has been out of a job since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and is among the candidates at Chelsea with manager Antonio Conte reportedly set to leave.

After taking time to recover from a difficult three years in Paris, he said he is ready to get back into coaching, with a move abroad high on his list of ambitions.

"When you have done three years in Paris, it's wearing," Blanc said. "I needed to take a breather. I'm very happy with that, because I'm someone who takes an interest in things outside of football.

"I have some demands in relation to myself. I would like to prove to myself that I'm capable of coaching abroad."

A centre-back during his career, Blanc played at Barcelona, Napoli, Inter Milan and Manchester United but has only coached in his native country, winning the Ligue 1 title at Bordeaux before coaching the France national team and then moving to PSG.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard said recently that he wants to know who will manage next season, with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri also on the club's shortlist.

"You know as well as me the market for coaches," Blanc said. "There are a lot of coaches on the market. If a new project comes along, I'll take up the challenge. If not, I'll move on to something else."

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger is unlikely to manage France in future because he needs to be involved in football every day, ex-Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has told ESPN FC.

Wenger stepped down from his role as Arsenal manager at the end of last season but confirmed that he had no intention of bringing an end to his career.

He has been linked with a role with the France team, either as a potential successor to Didier Deschamps or in a more technical job, but Sagna said he did not expect that to appeal to his former boss.

"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," Sagna said at the launch of Primetag, a digital tool that offers players, teams, brands and media a new way to utilise social media information.

"There's 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.

"I don't know where it's going to be, where he's going to end up, but he's going to be back soon, I think."

Sagna angered many Arsenal fans when he ran his contract down and joined Manchester City on a free transfer in 2014 after seven years with the Gunners.

But he stressed that his respect for Wenger was undiminished, saying: "He's the one who had a big impact in my life because he brought me to English football, to the dream of many players, and he made me play for Arsenal which was my favourite team when I was young.

"I had the chance to wear the shirt and he gave me the opportunity to do it. I was sad when I saw him walking away after 22 years. He deserved a farewell and the respect he had. Everyone showed gratitude to him. He deserved it."

Having played in three of the last four major international tournaments Sagna, 35, is not in the France World Cup squad but was upbeat about their chances.

"The France national team is really strong," he said. "Every single position is really strong. We have amazing players going to the World Cup and I think they're going to do well, not only because they are talented but because they are really young.

"There's a good vibe in the team and in the most recent competitions, in the World Cup in 2014 and in Euro 2016 we did well. I'm looking forward to seeing the team reach the final and winning."

Sagna also believes that losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in France will make the national team even more determined.

"I remember the first words [in the dressing room] after losing the final were thinking about the World Cup," he said.

"It was disappointing to lose the final the way we did in France, and I think the team wants to live these kind of moments again because it's just magical, crazy when you see the impact it had on the country itself. They have quality and they're going to go step by step."

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.

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