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Mbappé at the Tokyo Olympics: the reasons for PSG’s refusal

PSG awakens Kylian Mbappé from his Olympic dreams. The French striker’s ambition was to travel with the France group to Tokyo for the 2020 Games (July 24 – August 9). But, as revealed on Tuesday by The Team, the red and blue club sent a letter to the French Football Federation to indicate its refusal to see the world champion take part in the Olympic Games. An approach that PSG has the right to initiate, the Olympic event is not affected by the dates imposed by Fifa, unlike a Euro, a World Cup or even friendly matches.

For PSG, this is not a personal matter. Kylian Mbappé, preselected in a list of 80 players, is of course the player of the club who expressed the most his wishes for the Games. But Neymar’s recent wishes have also been slipped internally. Other players like Colin Dagba or Abdou Diallo are also affected. According to our information, PSG has closed the door to all of its players. For example, he refused requests from the Spanish Federation for Juan Bernat, Pablo Sarabia and Ander Herrera.

According to several reports, it should even be expected that the ECA (European Association of Clubs), which represents more than 200 clubs, will refuse the participation of its players as a whole and that only the case by case will be studied. Real Madrid, for example, has to face the case of its captain Sergio Ramos. The defender wishes to travel to Japan. Due to its age, 34 at the end of March, and for services rendered, Real is studying the possibility well.

Incompatible summer calendar

On the Parisian side, the summer calendar is considered incompatible with Mbappé’s ambitions. The Games are inserted between the end of Euro or Copa America (June 12 – July 12 for both) and the resumption of European championships (August 7 for Ligue 1). A participation of the Parisian striker in the Olympics would then force him to continue on holidays of at least three weeks. He would not come back until September to start his physical preparation. Impossible, according to PSG, which believes that it was time for the club to give an answer.

At the FFF, we understand the issues and the reasons mentioned by the Parisian club. President Noël Le Graët has always been pragmatic about this possibility. If the no of the PSG must remain final, the decision will be accepted. Can Leonardo and Paris change their minds? Nothing in football is ever impossible, as the formula dictates. It remains to be seen how and if the player will react, internally and externally. The refusal of PSG being revealed at a time when discussions around the future of the player intensified.

“Participation in the Olympic Games, I don’t have everything, confided to us Mbappé last December. Of course I want to go, but if my club, which is my employer, does not want me to go, I will not go to clash. If it’s not Tokyo, go to Paris in 2024.

Deschamps: “PSG is within its rights”

On the sidelines of the draw for the League of Nations in Amsterdam, the world champions coach reacted on Tuesday evening to the Paris club’s refusal to make Kylian Mbappé and other players available for the next Olympic Games.

“PSG, and perhaps other clubs, have taken a stand and are within their rights,” said Didier Deschamps. In this, I’m concerned without being concerned, I’m not the coach (of the Olympic team), it’s Sylvain Ripoll. These are the Olympic Games, it’s in a period that is outside of the FIFA dates, and the clubs are the employers of the players. […]. If you have ten players involved, this is problematic. “

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