Michel Platini says he has no intention of returning to football
Speaking last evening to RMC Sport as a guest on Jérôme Rothen’s show, former UEFA president and French midfield legend Michel Platini has responded to rumours linking him with the now-vacant presidency of the French FA, reiterating that he has no intention of returning to a role in football’s governing bodies.
Following reports that French president Emmanuel Macron had sounded out the three-time Ballon d’Or winner for a return to football, Platini has been seen as a potential replacement for Noël Le Graët, who resigned last month in the wake of a government-mandated audit’s conclusions accusing him of multiple instances of sexual harassment.
Back in July of last year, Platini, along with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, was cleared in a Swiss trial over charges of fraud regarding a 2011 payment, an affair which put an end to the Frenchman’s ambitions of becoming FIFA president back in 2015.
The ex-Juventus playmaker has added that he might be interested in a return to football if the right opportunity comes up – “there might be other things to do in football, I don’t know” – but not in the sport’s institutions, and not for the time being. He also went on to rule out the prospect of becoming manager – “Real Madrid had made me a dream offer back when I was France coach, and I turned it down. These days I love the life I lead. I don’t need to come back. Why would I need to go back to football?”