The France national team is changing, and one of them is Marcus Thuram, who is taking a more prominent role as the striker. As a result, it means playing more alongside Kylian Mbappé.
During a press conference, the Paris Saint-Germain star provided insights into sharing the field with the Inter Milan striker.
“I’ve known him for ten years; we went to Clairefontaine together,” Mbappé told reporters (h/t Paris Fans). “His repositioning—I’ve been telling him for years that it’s going to end there. He doesn’t listen to me. When he played at Gladbach, he was going to stick to the line, and I told him, ‘You are going to end up as a center forward.’ And he has all the qualities to be a very, very good center forward.
“His debut at Inter proves it, and I’m happy for him. We talk a lot. We exchange almost every day. He’s someone with whom I have a lot of affection, and his start to the season at Inter proves that Inter made the right choice and that he made the right choice to understand that it is its best positioning. I’m very happy for him.”
Thuram’s arrival at Inter Milan generated much interest and speculation during the summer transfer window. People wondered whether he and Mbappé would team up for Les Bleus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old signed a five-year deal with Inter Milan as a free agent. The decision came after being linked with several top European clubs during the summer transfer window.
Still, Mbappé did get a few French teammates from the national team on the PSG squad for this 2023-24 season. Lucas Hernandez, Ousmane Dembélé, and Randal Kolo Muani all joined the capital club, so there was some consolation in PSG not landing Thuram.