At 30, Wissam Ben Yedder is preparing to live with the Euro his first big tournament with the France team. If he will probably have only a little playing time, the Monegasque relishes and looks back on his atypical course, which could even have brought him to the National.
Wissam Ben Yedder is not in the first offensive choices of Didier Deschamps, far from it. But whatever. The 30-year-old Monegasque relishes his selection. Against Bulgaria on Tuesday (3-0), he was illustrated by a decisive pass delivered to Olivier Giroud (90th). Above all, the former Toulousain (13 selections, 2 goals) does not forget where he comes from and poses as a model of resilience. Recruited at 20 by Toulouse while playing in the CFA, he was called up to the French team for the first time at 27 and shines with his atypical career. “I am someone who never gives up, I am even a little stubborn”, he admits Thursday to the Parisian.
“I had dribbled all the players …”
“I’m not used to letting myself be done when things don’t work out. In Toulouse, I still remember the words of the coach who told me he wanted to lend me National at Luzenac. following practice, I had dribbled all the players plus the goalkeeper to show him that I was a player apart. And, in the end, I stayed. Even though there was already an established hierarchy within the club, I did not didn’t accept it. It’s in my DNA to never give up, “he also said.
At TFC between 2010 and 2016, Wissam Ben Yedder then took charge of Sevilla FC until 2019, before returning to Ligue 1, in Monaco. Will he still be Monegasque next year? For now, the one who finished second top scorer in Ligue 1 this season kicks in touch. “I am focused on the selection”, he always answers in the columns of the Parisian, a few days before the start of the Euro, his first big tournament with the Blues.