Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny believes Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe could eventually take his spot in the France national team.

Koscielny recently announced that he will be retiring from international football after the 2018 World Cup and feels that there are good players waiting to succeed him.

The 32-year-old mentioned Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe as the two most likely to challenge for his place.

“He is a young player with a lot of experience. He’s a good guy, he’s listening,” he said, as reported by Tribal Football.

“He knows his time will come. Yes, I feel that he grows, but they will have room soon. With Sam (Umtiti), I know they are there on the lookout, but I will try to continue a few months with the team of France.”

Koscielny has won 49 caps for France after making his debut in 2011 at the age of 26. It wasn’t until he moved to Arsenal and established himself as a top centre-back in the Premier League that he became a regular for the national team.

Since then, he has played in two European Championships and a World Cup. France have a number of good young players coming up to replace him.

Umtiti is currently at Barcelona, having come through the ranks at Lyon. The 23-year-old has 12 caps for France and is becoming a regular.

Kimpembe is a 22-year-old on the fringes of the PSG first-team and has yet to win his first senior cap. He has, though, been called up to Didier Deschamps’ recent squads.

France take on Wales and Germany during this international break.

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