International Espoirs, the French goalkeeper of Leeds, Illan Meslier, will not participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, his club having not given his agreement.
He probably won’t be the only one in this situation, but he is already fixed. Goalkeeper of the France Espoirs team, with whom he recently played in the quarter-finals of Euro U21 in the absence of Nantes’ Alban Lafont, retained by the dams in L1 with? Nantes, Illan Meslier (21) n he will not go to the Tokyo Olympics this summer (July 22-August 8) with the Bleuets.
Why? Quite simply because his club, Leeds, want to have him available for the summer preparation. “Leeds refuses (that he goes to Japan), explains the young porter in an interview with the Telegram. The period is very bad, I cannot afford to be absent.”
The France A team? “It’s still quite far”
And above all, Meslier has no choice, since the Olympic tournament does not enter the Fifa calendar. Therefore, the clubs have the final say on the participation or non-participation of their players.
Frustrated by the setback during the Euro against the Dutch, Meslier – holder in the Premier League – also talks about his ambitions as a France A team. Without getting too excited. “It’s still quite far, he believes. I still can not imagine myself in the France A team. When you are little, it’s a dream and you tell yourself that it is almost impossible. My main focus is on the U21s and on my individual and collective performances in Leeds. It will come when it comes if we call on me one day. I have already had the chance to train with the A’s at Clairefontaine, it was nice.”