Deschamps Doubts Mbappe’s Participation in Paris Olympics

France coach Didier Deschamps has expressed skepticism regarding Kylian Mbappe’s potential involvement in the Paris Olympics this year, citing the challenges of competing in two major tournaments back-to-back.

Deschamps acknowledged the difficulty, both psychologically and physically, of participating in the European Championship (Euro 2024) followed immediately by the Olympics without sufficient rest.

While confirming that some Euro squad members might also join the Olympics team, Deschamps emphasized that the Euro remains the priority. He stressed the need to finalize the Olympic squad before the Euro championship to avoid any interference with preparations.

Mbappe, along with Antoine Griezmann, is reportedly keen on representing France at the Olympics. However, with the Euro ending on July 14 and the Olympics beginning on July 24, there would be little time for a break if France progresses far in the Euro.

Despite men’s football at the Olympics being for players under 23 with three overage players allowed, FIFA doesn’t mandate clubs to release players for the Olympics. This could complicate Mbappe’s situation, especially considering his impending move from PSG to Real Madrid.

Thierry Henry, in charge of the national Under-21 side and overseeing the Olympics team, acknowledged the uncertainty, acknowledging that Mbappe’s participation depends on the club’s decision.

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