A golden summer. This is what the ambitious Kylian Mbappé dreamed of. At 22, the international tricolor clearly intended to participate in the Euro and the Olympic Games. “I think everyone knows that I have this dream of playing the Olympics. I don’t decide, but I hope I could do the Games once in my life ”, he told TF1 on May 18. That day, the native of Paris had learned that he was on the list of 26 Blues selected by Didier Deschamps for the European Championship. The one and only competition he will have played this summer, since he will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics.
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KM7 dreamed bigger
One less objective therefore for the player, more determined than ever to be on the roof of Europe. “The objective of a nation like ours is always the same, to win a competition and to honor all the French, by playing as a team as we are used to doing. Who does not dream of the double? This is the case for many French people, I am no exception, it would be an extraordinary achievement, we used the experience of 2018 to progress, we will play our game and try to come away with the victory ”. Incidentally, KM7 recalled that, although the collective is prime, the Ballon d’Or was always in the back of his mind.
Transparent on his intentions, the French, deprived of a title in L1 with PSG this season (winner of the Coupe de France and the Champions Trophy), had to join the deed to the word. It is therefore on the meadow that the former Monaco player was expected, he who asked for more responsibilities. This is how he was named the selection’s free-kick shooter in well-placed situations. One way for DD to pass the pill since Antoine Griezmann had been chosen to hit the penalties. Wishing to have a place and a more important status, he generally missed this great meeting.
He missed his appointment with the Euro
Despite a few devastating thrusts and inspired attempts, he often sinned in the finish, sometimes showing himself to be too individualistic and lacking in lucidity. He tried to get along well with Benzema and Griezmann, but their association did not work wonders. If Mbappé brought his speed and his percussion, and that he was a little less balked at the task than usual defensively for what we could blame him for, he did not manage to find the crosshairs. He finished the competition with no goals on the clock. Disappointment.
And to make matters worse, the last image that will remain of his Euro was his missed shot against the Swiss. The one who caused the elimination of France. He left the field with his face closed but his head held high. The 2018 world champion, who apologized on social media, was defended and supported by a whole group. But in private, his attitude annoyed several executives of the Blues (he wanted too much to force the decision alone, his annoyed reaction to the words of Olivier Giroud, his very strong rapprochement with KB9).
Paris wants to keep Mbappé at all costs
Now, the number 10 of the Blues will have to digest this terrible disillusion, turn the page and move forward. Unless this Euro, the first real big failure of his career, leaves traces? On the pitch, given what he has already shown, this should be digested, and even be a source of motivation for the future. He will also have to succeed in re-integrating into a group where he has crystallized the tensions. At the same time, he will have to settle the questions surrounding his future. The Parisian had explained that Mbappé wanted to focus on the Euro before then deciding for his future. Under contract until 2022, he has not extended with PSG, who want to armor him at all costs. Leonardo like Nasser Al-Khelaïfi have indicated that the French will stay in the capital.
“I’ll be clear: Kylian is going to stay in Paris, we’re never going to sell him and he’ll never leave free. […] All I can say is that it is progressing well. I hope we will find common ground. It’s Paris, it’s his country ”, declared the Parisian president, who took the file in hand and would count on offering him a contract of two or three years. For his part, the player excluded nothing in the columns of France Football. ” My future ? I have to make the right decision, which is difficult, and give myself every chance to make the right decision. I’m in a place where I like it, feel good. But is this the best place for me? I don’t have the answer yet “.
The French will have to make up their minds
Since then, Mbappé, who has indicated that he would not hit PSG in the back no matter what, has no longer publicly mentioned his future. But it’s no secret, Liverpool but especially Real Madrid dream of attracting him in their nets. Financially, the operation seems complicated for Merengues not at best. The Spanish club is under construction and we are heading towards a year of transition, which can count for a player who wants to evolve in a competitive formation. In addition, Zinedine Zidane is no longer there. But AS indicates that the presence of Karim Benzema, to whom he was close during the Euro, could also weigh in the balance.
Paris also has arguments. Financially, the club is ready to offer him a golden bridge. Sportingly, PSG is carrying out a big transfer window (Wijnaldum, while waiting for Donnarumma and Hakimi). Sergio Ramos could also sign, just like CR7 in the event of the departure of KM7, who will have to decide. The Parisian assured that he waited to know the choices made by PSG to have all the cards in hand when making his choice. After a few days of rest and reflection, Kylian Mbappé will find the Blues in early September. Before that, Paris and Real Madrid will certainly have been fixed. The ball is in the player’s court.