In the aftermath of Euro 2020, Kylian Mbappe stated that the French national team made him feel like a problem, and he admitted that he “would have loved” more support from teammates after his missed penalty ended their tournament run.
Les Bleus were eliminated in the last-16 by Switzerland in a shootout, a startling turn of events after winning the 2018 World Cup.
Mbappe has been in the news this week, blaming Paris Saint-Germain for blocking his summer transfer to Real Madrid.
In an extensive interview published in L’Equipe, Mbappe said: “I have never taken a single euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free. Above all, I never wanted to be problem.
“But from the moment where I felt like that I was starting to become a problem and that people felt I was a problem. … I received the message, that my ego was what made us lose, that I wanted to take up too much space, and that without me, therefore, we might have won.
“The most important thing is the French national team and if the French national team is happier without me, [I’ll go].
“I met with the president (Noel Le Graet) and we talked about it. What I went to complain to him about was that I was insulted and called a ‘monkey’ for missing a penalty. That is not the same thing. I will never complain about a penalty. The penalty, I was the one who missed it.”
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