France midfielder Paul Pogba has responded to claims of a rumored rift between teammates Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.
Paul Pogba has played down rumors of a rift between France teammates Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.
Despite scoring a brace in France’s 3-0 friendly win over Bulgaria on Tuesday, Giroud lamented a lack of service from the team. These remarks allegedly left Mbappe ‘angry’. L’Equipe claimed the 22-year-old had to be talked down from issuing a public response.
“I was a little quiet because, sometimes, I make runs and the balls aren’t forthcoming. I am not saying that I always make the best runs but I am seeking to offer solutions in the box,” Giroud told L’Equipe du Soir after the match.
Kylian Mbappé was angry on Tuesday night following Olivier Giroud's comments that certain individuals weren't passing to him frequently enough – he felt so attacked & so angry, that he wanted to appear in a press conference to make a statement, according to L'Équipe.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 9, 2021
France boss Didier Deschamps has already insisted that Giroud’s remarks were not intended towards Mbappe, with Pogba being the latest member of the French camp to offer his verdict.
“No, the only tension is on the back and legs!” the Manchester United midfielder said on the rumored rift in a press conference.
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me. Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly.”
Pogba added: “You know Kylian, you know his qualities.
“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.
‘He is an altruistic player. But I always tell him that it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs). In any case, I did not see anything and we do not feel any tensions. Nothing came out.”
France begin their European Championship campaign next Tuesday against Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich for their Group F opener.