AMSTERDAM (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are “within their right” to not allow star striker Kylian Mbappe to play for France at the Tokyo Olympics, national team coach Didier Deschamps admitted on Tuesday.
“PSG, and maybe other clubs elsewhere, have taken a position and that is within their right”, Deschamps said in Amsterdam, where he was attending the draw for the next UEFA Nations League.
His comments came after French sports daily L’Equipe reported earlier on Tuesday that PSG had written to the French Football Federation (FFF) to say that the 21-year-old World Cup winner would not be allowed to participate at the Games.
Clubs are not obliged to release players for the Olympic football tournament, which does not fall within official FIFA international dates.
The Olympics are due to run from July 24 to August 9, but the next French Ligue 1 season begins on August 7. Meanwhile, Mbappe will be part of the France squad at Euro 2020, which will run from June 12 to July 12.