This is the image that all the Spanish media expected and did not get. That of Kylian Mbappé training alongside Karim Benzema. A capture that would have allowed them to gloss over and over on the rapprochement of the Madrid striker and the one who could join him, this year or more likely the next, in the Spanish capital. Finally, the Parisian center forward did not participate in the training of the Blues this Monday at the end of the day at Clairefontaine.
After his double against Reims on Sunday evening (2-0 victory for PSG), the 2018 world champion was content with a cleansing indoors two days before the match against Bosnia-Herzegovina (8:45 p.m. in Strasbourg) counting for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. This did not prevent the Chiringuito, the flagship football talk show in Spain, from trying to open a controversy over the sweatshirt that Mbappé wore when he arrived at Clairefontaine. A piece of clothing from its supplier, flocked with a photo from the museum of contemporary art in the city of… Barcelona.
Like the Camp des Loges, Clairefontaine gets used to living to the rhythm of interpretations and pressing requests from the Iberian media. About fifteen requests for accreditation arrived at the French Football Federation to attend the Blues’ training and Wednesday’s meeting. Spanish journalists were even crane in recent days in front of the home of the tricolor star. Not enough to disturb a Mbappé as serene with the Blues as on the ground of Auguste-Delaune, Sunday evening, with PSG.
He will play with the Blues on Wednesday evening
Landed in the Yvelines at the stroke of 1 pm, like all of his teammates, the Parisian did not show the slightest trace of annoyance. After collecting the keys to his single room, he had lunch with the rest of the team in the large hall of the national football center. Sitting between Paul Pogba and newcomer Théo Hernandez, Mbappé did not comment on his news related to his transfer, as Moussa Diaby, his former partner at PSG, confided.
“He just congratulated me on this first call,” Bayer Leverkusen striker told a press conference. Then we laughed and ate together, but we didn’t talk about his future. “A future in Paris or Madrid (less and less likely) which does not obsess the tricolor staff either.
Didier Deschamps, the coach of the Blues spoke with his player and he knows he can count on his striker Wednesday night in Strasbourg. In the framework of the Blues, everyone remembers the summer of 2017 and the signing of Bondy’s crack at PSG, on August 31 at 4 p.m., in a room of the hotel of the French selection. Five hours later, the Blues faced the Netherlands in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, and Mbappé, replacing and coming into play fifteen minutes from the end, closed the score (4-0). This time around, it’s really not certain that Mbappé will sign for a new club this summer. But he will play with the Blues on Wednesday night.