There’s a reason why everyone associated with France is trying so hard to keep Kylian Mbappe at PSG. The former Monaco man is more than just a footballer in his country; he’s a national treasure. A move away from the French capital could dent the reputation of the French captain in his country.
With his future still in the air, French club presidents continue to hope that Kylian Mbappe will represent his country at the Olympics in France nine months from now. However, a certain rule could hamper Mbappe’s chances if Lionel Messi participates in the tournament.
French club presidents hope for Kylian Mbappe at the Olympics
Paris is hosting the 2024 edition of the Olympics, and French club presidents are hoping that Kylian Mbappe can represent his country at the tournament. Mbappe has proven to be more than just a footballer in France. He has ascended to the prestigious role of captain for both the national team and his beloved club, PSG. This seasoned athlete has been a loyal member of the PSG family since 2017, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the team.
“It is our duty at FFF to do everything possible to bring the best players,” the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) declared. “I got messages from presidents who told me: ‘You can count on us.’
“The president is convinced that he is participating in a mission of general interest to support our national team and ensure that it gets at least one medal,” the FFF president added.
Mbappe’s willingness to participate in the 2024 Olympics will automatically increase France’s chances of winning medals. Mbappe was named the captain of the France national team ahead of more experienced players like Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. He became the 33rd captain of the national team when he was appointed in March 2023.
The Paris-born forward has been a subject of interest from Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants waiting patiently for him to run down his contract at PSG so they can sign him for free.
Possible Messi participation threatens Mbappe’s ‘dream’
Kylian Mbappe has a lifelong dream to represent France at the Olympics and will have the chance when Paris hosts the 2024 edition next year. However, his dream could be hampered by Lionel Messi’s participation in the tournament, as the rule only allows three players over the age of 23 to participate.
Lionel Messi is already enjoying his off-season after a slightly productive season with Inter Miami. The World Cup winner posted a picture of himself and his family with Ed Sheeran as he recently penned an emotional message to Inter Miami fans following the club’s failure to make the MLS playoffs.
2024 will be an important and hectic year for Kylian Mbappe as he prepares to represent his country in two major tournaments that are only 10 days apart. Real Madrid also hopes they can finally acquire the French star, as he has been linked with them for the past three years.
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