France head coach Didier Deschamps admits that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are “within their right” to prevent striker Kylian Mbappe to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for France.
“PSG and maybe other clubs elsewhere, have taken a position and that is within their right,” said Deschamps in Amsterdam at the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League draw on Tuesday.
Deschamps was responding to French sports daily L’Equipe report on Tuesday that PSG had written to the French Football Federation (FFF) stating that star striker and World Cup winner Mbappe would be prevented from competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
“This concerns me without it concerning me, because I am not the coach (of the Olympic team), that’s Sylvain Ripoll,” added Deschamps.
As the Olympics Games do not fall within the FIFA international dates, clubs are not compelled to release their players for the Games’ football tournament.
The 21-year-old Mbappe will be part of the France squad at the Euro 2020 to start in on the 12th of June. The 2020 Olympics are set to begin on July 24 and concluded on August 9. Meanwhile the French Ligue 1 season will get underway on August 7.
“These are the Olympic Games, which are happening out with FIFA dates, and the clubs are the employers of the players, “concluded Deschamps.
Mbappe who has made it clear that the wants to play for France at the Olympics was included in the preliminary 80-men squad for the Games.
“I think it’s nice that a kid of that age, who already has all the offers in the world, should say ‘I want to go to the Olympics,” said FFF President Noel Le Great on Tuesday after he was elected to FIFA Council for a three-year term.
“But is it compatible with his other football commitments? That is a different question. PSG are entitled to come and discuss the matter, but I would prefer it if a boy like him said ‘yes, I want to go’ than ‘I couldn’t care less, “added the FFF President.
By FARPost Reporter