At a press conference this Sunday, two days before the start of the Euro for the France team against Germany on Tuesday (9 p.m.) in Munich, Kylian Mbappé appeared very comfortable. The 22-year-old striker confided on many subjects including his “trifle” with Olivier Giroud, but also briefly on the remarks about him from Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
Kylian Mbappé wanted to speak. And this, from last Thursday, when he already wanted to appear at a press conference, in the midst of a nascent affair with Olivier Giroud. “I wanted to come Thursday to explain myself, we discussed with the coach (Didier Deschamps, Editor’s note), it was not the best time, he decided that it was today so I obeyed”, said first started the striker of the Blues this Sunday facing the press.
Mbappé “a little affected” by these “trifles” with Giroud
At the end of the friendly match Tuesday against Bulgaria (3-0), Olivier GIroud had “complained about the balls which do not arrive”, a reference to his not very obvious cohabitation with Kylian Mbappé, without however naming him. Quickly sensing the start of the fire, Didier Deschamps immediately intervened to show his desire not to “stigmatize Mbappé”, explaining this statement by the differences in the profiles of Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud.
“We talked about it, we discussed it, it made people talk, everyone knows what happened, I was a little affected but we are not going to make a big deal out of it, admitted Kylian Mbappé this Sunday, returning to this episode with Giroud. The France team remains the most important, trifles will not disrupt our preparation, we are focused on the same goal. “
If he assures that his selection partner “did not say anything bad”, Kylian Mbappé nevertheless regretted “having learned from the press”.
“I would have preferred him to come and be even more virulent in the locker room. But that’s not a problem, these are small trifles, Mbappé still swept away. The team does not need that. we are getting into sticks in the wheels. “
Mbappé judges “a little unhealthy” to compare his technical relationship with Benzema and Giroud
Very fit during this press conference, Kylian Mbappé was also questioned about his ability perhaps to find players like Neymar or Karim Benzema more easily than a player of the profile of Olivier Giroud.
“What are you implying? They are different players. Neymar touches 150 balls per game. Benzema touches 80. Olivier touches a lot less given his profile. If you compare the number of passes I make to Benzema or Neymar compared to to Giroud, it is sure that I make less passes to Olivier. But that does not mean that I do not look at Olivier, explained Kylian Mbappé. It is just that his profile is different. Benzema takes down 40 meters from the goal to touch balls, Giroud prefers to stay in front to be present in the box. It’s a little unhealthy. We try to say things without saying them. You mean that I do not want to pass to Giroud. I say they are different profiles. “
Currently involved with the France team, Kylian Mbappé did not wish to discuss his news with PSG, while he has not yet extended with PSG. “It does not interest me, I am here to represent France, the most important is the France team, I do not want to disturb the group,” rejected Mbappé.
Mbappé “never asked for a single player from PSG”
But under contract until June 2022 with PSG, Kylian Mbappé could not escape the remarks of his president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, who assured in recent days that his player would “never be sold” and that he would not would leave “never free”. “But if he wants to decide who to recruit or not, that is not possible,” Al-Khelaïfi also declared.
“I will answer. I have never asked the president or Leonardo for a single player. I am a simple football player, I must be content with the field, Mbappé reacted this time. I never asked for a single player. at PSG. “
Mbappé contradicts Griezmann on penalties
Concentrated on the ground for the moment with the France team, Kylian Mbappé did not hide his ambitions either. In particular by implying his desire to take responsibility for penalties, for the moment logically on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann.
“I heard Griezmann talk about it, but the coach didn’t say anything. I maybe missed … (smile) But there is no hierarchy for the moment, we will see”, mischievously slipped the 22-year-old forward.
In the meantime, Kylian Mbappé will have to prepare with his teammates for the meeting against Germany this Tuesday (9 p.m.), in Munich, at the opening of the Euro for the France team. Where logically, the Parisian player will be aligned in attack with Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema, whom he discovers. “Humanly, Benzema is really a good guy, I did not know him, I am learning to discover him, he is a good delirium, noted Mbappé on the Real Madrid striker. His quality is no longer to be proven, it is is a great player, we hope that he will bring us a lot, not a lot of doubts about it. He is complete and will be added to this collective, it will only be beneficial. “