Three days before the meeting against the Netherlands counting for the Euro 2024 qualifiers, Kylian Mbappé wanted to break through the abscess with Antoine Griezmann and discuss the thorny subject of the new captaincy.
The Paris SG striker was chosen Monday by Didier Deschamps to succeed Hugo Lloris who retired from international football after the World Cup.
The coach had summoned the two players to the salons of Clairefontaine to announce his decision to them at the very start of the rally.
An option which was not necessarily well experienced by “Grizou” (32 years old) feeling as legitimate as Mbappé (24 years old) to inherit this responsibility.
To avoid any discomfort, Mbappé wanted to meet Griezmann the next day face to face, reveals the team.
The Parisian explained to his compatriot that he understood his disappointment by confiding to him that he did not have an exclusive conception of the captaincy and that he "want
to leave a lot of room for others, for him, like Olivier Giroud for example, or any other players who may express the desire to show some form of leadership.
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This face-to-face has probably helped to calm relations between the two men who have cordial relations but who have not been the two best friends in the world in the selection for a few years either.
Mbappé also assured Griezmann that he was a centerpiece of the Blues with a view to Euro 2024, specifies L'Équipe.
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Was the pill digested by Griezmann?
The Colchoneros striker (Atlético Madrid) has in any case appeared relaxed and smiling at training sessions since the start of the week.
An attitude that contrasts with his immense disappointment when the ax Deschamps fell on Monday.
A disillusionment such that the 32-year-old Mâconnais had thought about his future with the Blues.