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Kylian Mbappe set to miss Paris Olympics 2024 to join Real Madrid squad in August

Published at :May 22, 2024 at 6:35 PM
Modified at :May 22, 2024 at 6:35 PM
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Samannay Sen

The French star is set to join the Los Blancos on a free transfer

French football fans are handed a huge blow as Kylian Mbappé reportedly confirmed he will not be participating in the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, according to reports. The highly anticipated tournament, held in his home country, was seen as a dream opportunity for the young star.

However, Mbappé’s focus will now shift towards joining his new club, Real Madrid, for their pre-season preparations in August.

This news comes after months of speculation surrounding Mbappé’s future. With his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiring, a move to Real Madrid was heavily rumoured.

While the official transfer hasn’t been announced, Mbappé’s decision to prioritize Real Madrid’s pre-season suggests a strong likelihood of him joining the Spanish giants.

The absence of Kylian Mbappé is a significant loss for the French Olympic squad. The 25-year-old is considered a generational talent and was expected to be a key player in their quest for gold. He previously expressed his desire to play in the Olympics, stating it would be a “dream” to achieve on home soil. However, it appears the demands of pre-season training with a new club have taken precedence.

This decision has sparked mixed reactions from fans and experts. Some express disappointment, believing Kylian Mbappé was missing out on a unique chance to represent France in a historic tournament. Others understand the importance of settling in at a new club, especially one like Real Madrid with its rigorous training schedule and competitive environment.

French Football president, Philippe Diallo, acknowledged the loss while offering his support. He said that we are disappointed not to have Kylian Mbappé with us at the Olympics. However, we respect his decision and wish him all the best for the future with his club.

Kylian Mbappé’s absence creates an opportunity for other young French talents to shine on the Olympic stage. Young players like Arnaud Kalimuendo will be vying for a starting spot, hoping to impress and contribute to a potential French gold medal.

While Mbappé’s Olympic dream may be deferred, his focus on preparing for his new chapter at Real Madrid is undeniable. The upcoming season promises to be a defining one for the young star, and fans will be eagerly waiting to see how he adapts to the demands of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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