Many Paris Saint-Germain supporters and manager Thomas Tuchel have shown their displeasure for seeing players participating in matches over the international break.
Primarily when the national teams are playing friendlies or seeing players receiving a call-up despite coming off a recent injury. In these situations, clubs have more to lose than the countries the players represent.
The reason for bringing this topic up is due to Kylian Mbappé’s ambitions to play for France not only in UEFA EURO 2020 but the Olympics in Tokyo according to Le Parisien. Over the Summer, Mbappé tweeted “Tokyo 2020,” showing his interest in the Olympic games.
TOKYO 2020 🤩🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/OVyRW9zBqp
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 24, 2019
Reading what PSG’s star forward wants to do this upcoming summer should send PSG supporters into a panic frenzy. Furthermore, with the likely impending sale of Neymar Jr., Mbappé will be the center focus of the attack unless he is sold too.
Over the past year, the PSG fanbase has witnessed both Neymar and Mbappé injure themselves while playing for their respective national teams. Making matters more difficult, the France national team will not say no to having the then 21-year-old for both tournaments. Mbappé missed PSG’s most recent game against Stade Brestois due to an injury scare but that didn’t stop France from calling him up days later. Apparently they need him to defeat Moldova and Albania.
Nonetheless, it’s understandable as to why Mbappé wants to play in both tournaments. Euro 2020 will be his first European competition, and this is the last time he will be eligible for the Olympics since their soccer tournament is an under-23 event. Although Mbappé is young and might feel he can take on the world, PSG needs to step in and make sure they protect their investment.
With the Euros going from June to July and the Olympics going from July to August, supporters of PSG will need to gather together to hope Mbappé can make it through the Summer without a significant injury.
Mbappé will likely miss the start of next season, if he remains a PSG player, due to needing rest but an injury could set back his return even further and have a major impact.
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