Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at Paris Saint-Germain instead of joining Real Madrid is very good news for French football, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday. Mbappe surprised many and provoked sharp criticism from Spain when he agreed to a new three-year contract last Saturday – despite another Champions League failure for the Qatar side, who were eliminated by Real Madrid. Speaking after most of his side gathered ahead of Nations League games, Deschamps said he didn’t want to vent to Spanish fury over Mbappe’s Real Madrid snub.
“It’s his (Mbappe) choice,” said Deschamps.
“Kylian staying in Ligue 1 is a very, very good thing for French football and for putting a positive light on the championship abroad.
“He’s French and attached to his club.
“The aim of Paris is to become national champions and win the Champions League, like six or seven other big clubs.”
Deschamps, who had a very successful career in Italy with Juventus, said the PSG star still has time on his side to move abroad later in his career.
“We’re talking about a young player (23) here,” said Deschamps.
“Perhaps one day he will feel it is time to move abroad, even if given the quality of Ligue 1 it is not now the signing it was before.
“In another era there was certainly a difference in level when you look at the championship hierarchy, but it’s not the same as it was 10 years ago.
“The fact that he’s staying in France doesn’t stop him from achieving great things and continuing to grow as a player.”
The world champion striker’s new PSG contract has been attacked by Barcelona president Joan Laporta and LaLiga superstar Javier Tebas.
Laporta suggested Mbappe’s deal had “distorted the market” and violated “the principles of the European Union”, while Tebas said it was “an insult to football”.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hit back at Tebas’ comments.
“There are too many insults in football anyway and I think each league should take care of its own situation,” he told AFP on Friday.
France, who won the Nations League last year, play four group games next month, starting with Denmark’s visit to the Stade de France on June 3.
They will then play Croatia in Split on June 6 and Austria in Vienna on June 10 before taking on Croatia three days later.
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