Coupet expects more Bleus
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet insists he will stay with France alongside Fabien Barthez.
France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet insists he will remain with the national set-up despite being snubbed at this summer's World Cup, in favour of Fabien Barthez.
The Lyon number one was controversially replaced by the former Manchester United veteran between the sticks and helped Les Bleus win their way to the final of the tournament.
Coupet stormed out of the training camp after being told of the decision initially, but after some careful thought returned to the squad.
Now that Barthez has confirmed he will continue his playing career for another two seasons, there looks to be more heartache in store for the 33-year-old French reserve, but Coupet remains undeterred.
"I am still available, but anything can happen," Coupet told Reuters.
"I have suffered a lot in the French squad, and I expect even more.
"I am still motivated, but a little less focused. There won't be another Coupet soap this season in 'Equipe de France'.
"I have never excluded the possibility that Fabien would return.
"People were saying he was going to retire, but he never told me that.
"Number one or number two? Fabien decides!
"But I will stay professional, as I always have done."
Domestically meanwhile, Coupet looks set to return to the starting line-up for Lyon's second match of the season against Toulouse on Saturday.