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Mbappé Expresses Desire for Paris Olympics Amid Real Madrid Speculation

Kylian Mbappe at PSG
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France forward Kylian Mbappé expressed his hope of participating in the Paris Olympics this summer despite ongoing discussions about his potential move to Real Madrid.

While reports suggest Mbappé will join Madrid upon the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract, the player remains uncertain about his Olympic prospects.

Real Madrid reportedly informed the French Football Federation of their decision not to release players for the Olympic Games, yet Mbappé has not received confirmation regarding his availability. Speaking ahead of France’s friendly with Germany, Mbappé emphasized his ambition to compete in the Olympics but acknowledged the decision is not solely within his control.

Mbappé refrained from discussing his club future but indicated a resolution is expected before the summer, potentially hinting at developments regarding his rumored transfer to Madrid. Although Real Madrid was not directly mentioned during the press conference, ongoing negotiations between Mbappé’s representatives and the LaLiga club suggest ongoing discussions, notably concerning image rights.

The Olympic football tournament, scheduled from July 24 to Aug. 9, poses a dilemma for clubs as it falls outside the FIFA calendar, relieving them of the obligation to release players. In contrast, the European Championship, taking place from June 14 to July 14, mandates clubs to release their players for national duty.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Mbappé’s club future, France’s draw against the United States in the men’s Olympic tournament adds another layer of intrigue to the situation. As negotiations continue and Mbappé navigates his international commitments, his aspirations for the Paris Olympics remain a focal point amidst the backdrop of impending transfer speculation.