Like a handover. Called up to the France team for the first time, Brice Samba succeeds Steve Mandanda, who retired from international duty after the World Cup. As in Le Havre then at OM, the Lensois is following in the footsteps of his elder. The two men know each other well since they played together in Marseille between 2013 and 2017, the youngest being Mandanda’s understudy. Today summoned to the Blues, Samba has not yet had time to have his former teammate on the phone.
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“I haven’t had it lately. Him and Hugo (Lloris), these are two great monuments that are gone. It’s very hard to stay at the top level for so long. Huge respect for their career. Afterwards, yes we have a fairly similar journey (with Mandanda). He must be proud of me. We will see each other again at the start of the school year, we will have time to talk about it” he assures during a press conference with the Blues, two days before the reception of the Netherlands to launch this qualifying campaign for Euro 2024.