Why Didier Deschamps Decided Now Is Time to Call Up Warren Zaïre-Emery

Warren Zaïre-Emery is heading to play with the French national team—well, the senior squad—after manager Didier Deschamps called up the teenager for the upcoming FIFA international break. 

Zaïre-Emery has become vital this 2023-24 season for Paris Saint-Germain. Despite being 17 years old, manager Luis Enrique has entrusted the midfielder to play in big-time matches, and he’s rewarding the Spanish tactician with his performances.

Deschamps couldn’t ignore the teenager’s form and decided it was time for a call-up to the first team. But why now? The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner couldn’t ignore the teenager’s top form.

“In terms of what he’s been achieving at club level since the last international break, he’s here with us because he has all the qualities to be at the top level, even if there’s obviously competition in his position,” Deschamps told reporters.

“What he is capable of achieving at such a young age already shows enormous potential and a maturity that is already well established at just over 17. This is obviously an important step for him in his career, everything is moving very quickly for him, but he also has the ability to assume all his responsibilities.”

The midfielder was recently called up by France’s Under-21 team coach, Thierry Henry. Additionally, he was immediately made captain despite being the youngest player in the side.

Nonetheless, if he continues playing at this level, Zaïre-Emery can forget about playing for the youth teams and begin being regular with the first-team call-ups. 

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