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France team: "I don't want to be a problem but a solution," says Christopher Nkunku


Highlights: Striker Christopher Nkunku joined Paris SG from RB Leipzig in the summer. He will play for the Blues in the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece. He says he is focused on gathering with the France team and not on his future. He is not surprised that a club like Paris SG is moving towards him. He also says that Julian Nagelsmann is a coach who has helped him develop. He adds that he is not sure if he will play in the 2024 Olympics.

A few days before the two matches of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, against Gibraltar and Greece, the striker of the Blues was present at a press conference.

On his injury that prevented him from playing in the World Cup

«It was a hard step to live and accept. We know it's part of a football career. It was the first time I had such a significant injury. I had the support of my relatives and the club. I was able to recover without pressure. Afterwards, by getting back in shape, I had no doubt that I could find my level.»

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His state of mind at the time of finding the Blues

«It's a feeling of joy, of pride. In that period [of his injury], in hindsight, I learned a lot. I come out much stronger, mentally and physically. Being selected for the France team is joy and pride. I will do everything to answer the coach's call.»

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On his preferential post

«At first, I will play where the coach decides. I don't want to be a problem but a solution. I have this ability to adapt. I like to be quite free, to be able to move, whether it's in front, in support or on the side.»

If he considers himself one of the best strikers in the world

«That question is not for me to answer. I'm doing my job, I'm trying to improve every season. That's how I've always operated. If I work well, we can ask ourselves these kinds of questions. I am focused on my work.»

On the duo Ibrahima Konaté-Dayot Upamecano

«They are two boys who get along very well. They went through the same journey. They have the same defensive characteristics. They are complementary, as we have seen in recent matches. They are young but already have a lot of experience. This bodes well for the future of the Blues.»

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On not having scored yet in the national team

«Inevitably, we think about it. But after what is important, it is the collective goals. Scoring my first goal would be important for me. But the most important thing is to bring back two victories.»

If he wants to participate in the 2024 Olympics

«It's not a topic in the locker room because there are deadlines before. But, yes, it can be a goal for me. We know the different rules for participating. So it's a choice that doesn't depend solely on me. But yes, it would be a great pride to defend the colors of the France team at the Olympics.»

On this gathering and the difference with last season

«Last year was a very long season. There, we had a season with a lot of games for some, less for others. This year, we only have to play two games, whereas last year we had four. These are the last efforts before going on vacation.»

On his future (he is announced on the departure of RB Leipzig)

«I am focused on gathering with the France team. What will happen next, we will have time to think about it. All my energy is focused on the two games of the France team.»

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On Julian Nagelsmann, approached at Paris SG

«He is a coach who has helped me a lot to develop. He is focused on football, on the tactical aspect. He is very demanding. He likes attacking football with a lot of goals. He likes to create a lot of chances. We saw his great work with Bayern Munich. We know its quality. I'm not surprised that a club like Paris SG is moving towards him.»

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-06-10

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