April 13, 2024

Raymond Domenech’s advances rejected

Following in the footsteps of David Trezeguet, another Argentinian striker came close to pulling on the France jersey. Born in Brest, France, Gonzalo Higuain was courted by Raymond Domenech and the French Football Federation when he was just 18 and had just joined Real Madrid from River Plate. And according to Julien Escudé, who was a member of Les Bleus at the time, the French a…

Following in the footsteps of David Trezeguet, another Argentinian striker came close to pulling on the France jersey. Born in Brest, France, Gonzalo Higuain was courted by Raymond Domenech and the French Football Federation when he was just 18 and had just joined Real Madrid from River Plate. And according to Julien Escudé, who was a member of Les Bleus at the time, the French authorities thought they had succeeded.

The French coach had selected him along with Karimt even French, was determined to play for Argentina. Although he had to wait three years before being called up, the former Madrid man eventually spent ten years with the Albiceleste, scoring 31 goals in 75 appearances.

Raymond Domenech explained in 2016 that he had been very insistent. We’d been talking about him for a while at Real, and I’d seen him before. And I absolutely wanted him to make a decision one way or the other. We’d been talking about it, and I’d been told that I wasn’t doing anything, that it wasn’t being dealt with… So as I’d seen it, now it was ‘either he comes, or he’s obliged to say no to me’. At one point, I presented him with a fait accompli.gentine wanted it too. He had to make a decision!