The end of Kylian Mbappé’s Olympic dream? / International / Olympic Games 2024 /

Our national Kylian wants more than ever to participate in the football tournament of the Olympic Games in Paris, in addition to the Euro 2024 scheduled just before. But aren’t the signs of dullness seen during today’s League of Nations mortgaging their Olympic dreams of a busy summer of 2024?

On May 23, after having extended at PSG, Kylian Mbappé had once again expressed on the TF1 set his desire to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics, with the certainty of being able to make his debut in two years: “We talked about it in the general lines of the contract with the club. » And to continue, lyrically: “Sport is emotions, feelings. An opportunity to play a competition like this in front of families, friends, the whole world watching you, it is not to be missed, it is a childhood dream, I always said that I wanted to participate and I hope to have the opportunity. . » We sometimes forget that the Kylian Bondynois was born in Paris. The city of him…

Privatization of the Blues in a personal capacity?

Last year, due to the closure of Euro 2020, Noël Le Graët banned Kylian in June who wanted to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, where the Blues were ridiculed in July. In 2024, the PSG star will turn 25 and a half years old and will be able to benefit from the possibility of being among the three players over 23 years old within the Blueberries automatically qualified for the 2024 Olympic tournament. He attends Euro 2024 in Germany ( from June 14 to July 14, if the French team is qualified, of course!) and the Olympic Games in Paris (from July 26 to August 11)? The physical flaws (bad shots, injuries, fatigue, viruses, ENT problems) that have affected him this season and quite a lot during the four Nations League games are questionable. Especially since in 2024, the former Monegasque will surely have played a full season, even a very busy one (if Paris goes deep in C1). However, in football, the passing of the years weighs more and more on organizations with the accumulation of international competitions. At Euro 2024, with 24 teams except the cata, the Blues can go relatively far, and it’s hard to imagine Mbappé skipping this or that match. Hence the risk of saturation long before the Olympic Games.

As we know, Kylian wants to leave a lasting mark on the world history of his sport. But isn’t he taking a bit of a megalomaniacal risk and, above all, isn’t he taking French football hostage by abusing his dominant position in La Azul and PSG in his undeniable status as (almost) the best player in the world? Are we going to a soap opera for two years to suffer his narration What does it consist of going through the countdown that separates us from the European Championship and the Olympic Games in the summer of 2024? Isn’t it better to “unplug” Kylian now? Or ask him to choose between the Olympics with the Espoirs and the European Championship with the A (but what will the coach, Deschamps or another, say in 2024?)… Kylian will overload his head for two years and risks transforming his strictly personal life. ambition into a destructive obsession. Last October, very saddened by the tricolor disaster in Tokyo, Noël Le Graët, who had informed the PSG striker of the FFF’s refusal to see him go to Japan, had left the door ajar to his participation in Paris 2024. Is it today?

Neymar, Messi, gold medalists…

Kylian had not digested this refusal that had opposed him playing the European Championship and then the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021. But it was perhaps the path of wisdom. “Kyky” is fascinated by the Olympic gold medal that his two elders, Messi and especially Neymar, won with Argentina in 2008 and Brazil in 2016. But winning the Champions League with Paris (and the European Championship with Les Bleus), is not That already a magnificent ambition in itself? Last summer, the Spanish Pedri was about to achieve the feat of winning the Tokyo Olympics after having shone in the European Championship. He had finally reached the semifinals of the European Championship and had won the bronze medal at the Olympiad. Realizing the crazy ambition of being “forever the first” to win the European Championship and the Olympic Games, after having been world champion at the age of 19, would certainly add tons of additional gold to the fabulous destiny of the “Parisian Titi”. But Pedri, who was around 18 years old (the age at which you recover much faster) then accumulated injuries at the start of the season with Barça. He had refused, it’s true, to take a vacation and take a break… But then the talented Blaugrana got injured again in April 2022! In 2000, the young Samuel Eto’o won the CAN and the Olympic Games with Cameroon. But he was 19 years old and the two competitions had been separated by months. So even if Kylian brilliantly investigates Euro and J0 2024, what state will he be in to continue the 2024-2025 season? Beware of overheating! Exhaustion, who knows?

And to make matters worse in terms of physical fatigue, UEFA has just announced the scheduling of an annual tournament, in mid-August 2024 (probably in the US!), which will pit four major European clubs against each other, including the winner of the previous season. Just before the start of the Champions League… What if one of these “big four European clubs” was Kylian’s (PSG or even Real)? Which big stable will accept their Kylian Mbappé investigating the Euro-JO-US Tournament combo in the summer of 2024? The debate deserves to be launched today: will Mbappé in 2022 be able to subject the French team (and his future club) to his wishes for 2024? The French striker has more recently entered into disputes with the FFF over the issue of his personal image rights by refusing to appear in certain sponsor-partner advertisements for the French team, on March 22 at Clairefontaine. Care must be taken that he does not gradually become bigger than the France team. And that the FFF clearly decide on its double ambition for the summer of 2024. Before Emmanuel Macron intervenes again?

By Cherif Ghemmour

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