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His new role, his relationship with Griezmann, his image: Mbappé's first words as captain of the Blues


The new captain of the Blues was present in front of the journalists at Clairefontaine this Thursday.

His debut as captain

"It went well.

My week was nice.

We had a new group, newcomers.

We try to include them.

What type of captain do I want to be?

There are fundamentals but it also depends on others.

I want to be turned towards others.

I don't have much experience in the captaincy.

I don't want to decide but to open up.


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His discussion with Antoine Griezmann

“I spoke with Antoine because he was disappointed.

It's understandable.

I told him that in his place, I would have had the same reaction.

He is 32 years old, he was one of the best of the Didier Deschamps era.

I told him that I am not his superior.

He is respected and loved by the group.

You have to benefit from his experience.

We will be side by side.”

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“Above all, it's a kif.


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Didier Deschamps' announcement regarding the captaincy

“By putting aside all that is responsibilities.

Above all, it's a kif.

I am the captain of my country!

I was very happy when he told me.

It's a new responsibility.

I'll take it naturally.

It will not change the way I play, but maybe the way I behave because you have to be even more oriented towards others.


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His thoughts on captaincy

“Reflection is difficult to have.

When the coach asks you if you want to become captain, your mouth immediately says yes.

I didn't think about it at all.

It's Monday, when the coach asked me: I said yes.

Three months before, at the World Cup in Qatar, I do not think that I will be captain.

His image as a selfish player

“I don't understand but I accept.

This is the life of a highly publicized top player.

People judge without being from the inside.

My teammates know that my obsession is to win.

And I don't win alone, but as a team.

You have to let it flow.”

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“You have to thank him for what he did, because he didn't just do negative things.

But he is no longer part of the France team.


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His freedom of speech

“Why do you want that to change?

Everyone is a different captain depending on their personality.

I don't think the coach made me captain because he thought I was going to do the same as Hugo Lloris."

The departure of Noël Le Graët

“I know that my words make a big noise.

This is also why I spoke.

He quit.

You have to thank him for what he did, because he didn't just do bad things.

But he is no longer part of the France team.

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“They have a World Cup this summer.

We will support them.


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On the events concerning the French women's team

“I exchanged with Wendie Renard.

They had their reasons.

Maybe the shape was a bit out of place but you also have to understand them.

They got what they wanted.

Now it's up to them to come back to the France team.

They have a World Cup this summer.

We will support them.”

His role as a leader for the young players of the Blues

"It's a pleasure.

As a leader, it's easy because they understand quickly.

I don't need to repeat, they already know.

They are gifted and play in the best clubs in the world.

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Source: lefigaro

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