According to news in his home country, Kylian Mbappe has told the French FA that he will not play for his country at this summer’s Olympic Games to settle his club’s future.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has only one year remaining on his deal with the Ligue 1 champions and has been linked with a stunning move to Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old, who is expected to lead Didier Deschamps’ side at the postponed European Championships in June and July, will be qualified to play for his country in Japan because he is under the age of 23, with each country allowed only three players above that age limit.
However, according to Le Parisien, Mbappe has told the national body that he will not be representing France at the Games in July and August because he is concentrating on his club’s future.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Madrid was staging a massive clear-out to finance moves for Mbappe and fellow striker sensation Erling Haaland, with Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Raphael Varane, and Marcelo all potentially leaving.
However, sources in France earlier this month reported that PSG is ready to give the France World Cup champion a raise of £4 million on his new £21 million salaries to continue at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe said earlier this year that he would not jump into any decision and would consider long and hard before pledging his future to any club, and the latest news seems to back up that assertion.