Published: 15:34, June 17, 2024
Mbappe rules out playing at Paris Games after Real Madrid move
By Reuters
France's Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during a training session in Dusseldorf, Germany, on June 16, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

Kylian Mbappe confirmed on Sunday he will not play for France's Olympic team at the Paris Games as his new club Real Madrid are against the idea.

The 25-year-old said in March that he was keen on playing at his home Games but since the Olympic soccer tournament is not on FIFA’s calendar clubs are not obliged to release their players.

Mbappe was not included in a 25-man preliminary squad for the Olympics earlier this month, though head coach Thierry Henry left the door open.

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France head coach Didier Deschamps (right) speaks with his player Kylian Mbappe during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, on June 15, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

"My club's position was very clear, so from that moment on, I think I (knew) I won't be taking part in the Games," Mbappe told reporters ahead of Monday's Group D match against Austria at Euro 2024.

"That's just the way it is, and I understand that too. I'm joining a new team in September, so it's not the best way to start an adventure.

"I'm going to wish this French team all the best. I'm going to watch every game. I hope they'll win the gold medal."

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The men's Olympic football competition begins on July 24, 10 days after the European Championships final, and ends on Aug 9.