Kylian Mbappé’s involvement in Paris Olympics in doubt

Officially, Kylian Mbappé (25) remains determined to play at the Paris Olympic Games this summer for a France under-23s side that is allowed three ‘jokers,’ three players over the age limit set for the competition. 

The Espoirs manager Thierry Henry would like Mbappé alongside Antoine Griezmann (32) and Olivier Giroud (37) to be involved in the competition, but there remains a certain obstacle in the way which makes it increasingly unlikely that Mbappé will get this chance to win the competition on home soil. 

The obstacle is one that he has forged; an as-of-yet unofficial transfer from his current club Paris Saint-Germain to the one of his dreams Real Madrid. Despite his enthusiasm for the competition, FIFA does not consider the Olympic Games to be an international debate and leaves the discretion of releasing a player for it up to the club. 

The Real Madrid question for Mbappé

At PSG, where Mbappé’s word was final up until his internal announcement of his intention to leave at the end of the season, before this there was a sense that the club would move heaven and earth to make his wishes come true. At Real Madrid, the same cannot yet be said. 

This summer, Mbappé will already be playing in the Euros, and the addition of the Olympic games would mean that he would risk not have a preseason at Real Madrid or a break to recuperate after a long season. A club that already looks to be spending a vast fortune on securing his signature, with reports that there will be a €120 million signing-on fee, will likely not want to risk an injury to an asset they have coveted since 2017. 

According to L’Équipe, his national team coach, Didier Deschamps, also remains unimpressed by the prospect of his captain and star player competing in both competitions. Deschamps will likely once again remind his players on Thursday afternoon when he announces his squad for the first international fixtures of the year, that the French Football Federation’s priority remains the Euros and not the Olympics. 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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