Mbappé, the government gets involved


By: Manu Tournoux

Kylian Mbappé, a national issue? Certainly if we consider the political reactions of the moment.

The announced departure of Kylian Mbappé at the end of the season is bad news. For the influence of France and its championship, but also fiscally speaking. By extension, the probable flight of the PSG star to Real Madrid poses another problem. That of its selection for the Paris Olympics, the Merengue club not wishing to release its players for the event.

We don't have the cards in hand. These are not Fifa dates. Teams will need their players at the start of the seasonbreathes fatalistic Thierry Henry, the coach of the Espoirs tricolores. It's the Olympics here, in France, the French clubs will be there, I think, to help. But for foreign clubs, I suspected it. I never stopped at the first no. »

An intervention by Macron?

Surveyed on the subject also this Monday, Didier Deschamps was categorical. “ There is a decision-maker, it is the employer. From the moment it's out of the Fifa date, if it's no, it's no. » A real blow for the organization of the 2024 Olympics, which sees Mbappé as an essential figurehead. “ He gives so much emotion to the country. We hope he can lead the French team to a medal », Says CNOSF president David Lappartient.

Thus relayed by RMC, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra in turn insists: “ I want to dream and believe in it until the end. » Or when the presence of Kylian Mbappé at the Paris Games becomes a real national issue. To such an extent that an intervention by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron cannot be ruled out. “ You have to ask the question directly to the president », slips, not without malice, the aroused minister.

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