Currently campaigning to run for a 4th term as President of the FFF, Noël Le Graët is preparing to meet soon PSG and Blues striker Kylian Mbappé. It will notably be a question of the will of the world champion to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. But the Breton leader does not believe it too much.
Will Kylian Mbappé defend the colors of France at the Tokyo Olympics next summer? The PSG star has never hidden his desire to participate in the Games with the U23 tricolors, initially scheduled for 2020 but postponed from July 23 to August 8 due to the health crisis. On the side of the French Football Federation, the speech is less clear. At the top of the pyramid, Noël Le Graët has never taken a clear position on the presence of the PSG striker in Japan. After having excluded it (“and why not bring back the France A team in place of those who qualified” he quipped at the beginning of February on France Info), he qualified his remarks on Wednesday: “The Olympics? ‘don’t know, in any case him, when you ask him the question, he says’ yes, if we can’, said Le Graët. But it’s difficult between the matches of the France team and those of PSG if they go far (in the Champions League). But I found it very nice that he said that. “
A meeting scheduled for “the next few days”
From “difficult”, the prospect of seeing the 2018 world champion in Japan has become “utopian.” In an interview with Le Figaro on Friday, the president of the FFF is not far from closing the file: “I must see him in the coming days, we will discuss it together. Already, we must salute his attitude and see a boy too courted to proclaim his desire to participate in the Olympics with his country, it is a chance. I find that great and very refreshing. After, will he be able to go to Tokyo, between the calendar of the PSG, that of the A with the ‘Euro? It all seems a bit utopian to me,’ said the Breton leader very pessimistically. As a reminder, if the Blues go to the final of the Euro, the competition will end on July 11. The Tokyo Olympics will begin 12 days later, on July 23.