Kylian Mbappe’s future is the subject of speculation once more following reports he wishes to leave Paris Saint-Germain
It was a little over a year ago and it remains a painful memory for Kylian Mbappé. In an interview with Sports Illustrated this Thursday, the PSG star wanted to come back to the post Euro 2021. Eliminated in the round of 16 by Switzerland after missing the decisive penalty, the 23-year-old striker did not have put up with the racist insults that followed. Worse, he then deplored the lack of support from the French Football Federation.
A feeling that the president of the FFF had at the time brushed aside. “I had received him after the Euro, he found that the Federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism on the networks, said Noël Le Graët to the Journal du Dimanche last June. We had seen each other for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he no longer wanted to play for the France team. »
An exit that Mbappé had commented on at the time in a diametrically different way: “Yes finally I explained to him above all well that it was in relation to racism and NOT to the penalty. But he considered that there had been no racism… ”
The Blues striker returned to this episode on Thursday and clarified the substance of his thoughts in the columns of Sports Illustrated. “I said, ‘I can’t play for people who think I’m a monkey. I’m not going to play. But afterwards, I took the time to reflect with all the people who play with me and encourage me, he explains. And I think it’s not a good message to give up. Because I think I am an example for many people. I have not let go of the national team because it is a message to the younger generation to say: We are stronger than that.
Before treading the Qatari lawns of the World Cup in search of a new star (from November 20 to December 18), Kylian Mbappé has a last Ligue 1 match on Sunday against the promoted Auxerre at the Parc des Princes.