Why Does PSG Star Kylian Mbappe Want To Leave the French National Team?

Published 10/05/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 11: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes on March 11, 2020 in Paris, France. The match is played behind closed doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)


Kylian Mbappe is the most talented youngster on the planet right now. The Frenchman in his young career has already won the World Cup and other illustrious trophies. Despite his exploits for the French national team in recent years, the Euros this summer painted a different story.

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The entire French National team was in a state of disarray this summer as the star-studded team made a surprise exit from the Euros. Star player Kylian Mbappe came under heavy criticism with rumors indicating rifts with other strikers in the team. Moreover, it was his missed penalty that led to France’s knockout against Switzerland. In a recent interview, the Frenchman cleared the air on his national team future.

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“French national team above everything” – Kylian Mbappe

In a heart-to-heart with French newspaper L’Equipe, Kylian Mbappe revealed how important the French national team is for him. He continued that he has never taken a single penny to play for the team as he does it for the love of it. “I have never taken a single Euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free. Above all, I never wanted to be a problem.” 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JUNE 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal interacts with Kylian Mbappe of France in the tunnel following the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena on June 23, 2021, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Angel Martinez – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Ready to leave the team if it helps them team

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The talented Frenchman then addressed the rumors from the media about him and the other dressing room problems. He denied those accusations and stated that if he felt that he was becoming a problem for the team and the team was happier without him, he would be ready to leave.

“But from the moment where I felt like that I was starting to become a problem and that people felt I was a problem… The most important thing is the French national team and if the French national team is happier without me, it is like that.”

 

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Mbappe and the French national team’s focus will be solely on the current international break. France will be looking to comfortably qualify for the Qatar World Cup to have a shot at defending their title.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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