Asked to react this Saturday on the sidelines of the Blues match against Hungary at the Euro, Noël Le Graët assured that France would send a competitive team to the Tokyo Olympics and denied a potential forfeit.
Unlike André-Pierre Gignac, whose participation has already been acquired, Sylvain Ripoll faces numerous refusals for the constitution of his group for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Despite the refusals of many clubs who do not wish to release their players for the competition, Noël Le Graët denied any package from the Olympic selection tricolor.
“Ah yes, that’s for sure (that France would send a team to the Olympics, editor’s note). It’s difficult to find players because some clubs have a little trouble letting them go, however, admitted the president of the FFF with France Info this Saturday. But little by little we are getting closer. I think we will have a successful team in three or four days. “
Le Graët: “Not even in a dream”
Present in Budapest for the match of the French team at the Euro against Hungary, the boss of the French Football Federation gave a layer a few minutes later at the microphone of beIN Sports. Asked about a potential package, the leader decided sharply: “Not even in a dream.”
Noël Le Graët has once again confirmed the difficulties encountered by Sylvain Ripoll but remains confident before the officialization of the list sent to the IOC. “Little by little we are hooking players, explained the president of the FFF. I think that for tomorrow we will be not bad.”
Clubs not obliged to release players
Postponed from 2020 to 2021, the Olympic Games in Tokyo have upset the world sports calendar but do not coincide with the ranges planned for FIFA for the national selections. An Olympic football tournament scheduled for July 21 to August 7, so clubs are not obliged to release their players.
A time hoped, Kylian Mbappé will not be released by PSG but should have more luck for Paris 2024. On the Leeds side, goalkeeper Illan Meslier has already confirmed that his club will not release him when preparing for the resumption of the Premier League.