Raphael Varane says that no one will be left behind in the French national team after Kylian Mbappe claimed that he was ‘made to feel like a problem’ during Euro 2020
PSG superstar Mbappe has claimed that he was ‘made to feel like a problem’ during this summer’s European Championships, in which France were beaten by Switzerland at the last-16 stage.
Mbappe, who missed the final penalty in their shootout defeat to the Swiss, went as far as to say that he considered retiring internationally.
“We do not leave anyone aside, it is the commitment of the national team, our mentality and our philosophy. And that will not change,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.
“I think that within the group everything that happened after the game against Switzerland is quite clear.”
The centre-back added: “We are all united, both when things are going well and when things are not going well.”
Mbappe’s comments from an in-depth interview with L’Equipe that has made waves on the international scene, specifically those in reference to the events of Euro 2020 and his decisive penalty miss against Switzerland.
“I received the message, that my ego was what made us lose,” the 22-year-old explained. “That I wanted to take up too much space, and that without me, therefore, we might have won.”
Now the PSG forward, heavily linked with a transfer to Real Madrid as his time at the Parc des Princes looks to be coming to an end, believes France must ‘get their heads screwed back on.’
The world champions face Belgium on Thursday for a Nations League semi-final, with the Qatar World Cup only 14 months away.
“We saw everything that needed to be done at the 2018 World Cup, and nearly everything that didn’t need to be done at the Euros,” he stated.
“It is up to us to take the right conclusions, to get our heads screwed back on and push on for something greater.”
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As Mbappe’s transfer saga heats up, Varane has also weighed on the situation after being quizzed about Mbappe potentially joining him at Old Trafford.
“It is he who decides,” the 28-year-old responded. “He has the maturity to choose with his close circle. He has his head on his shoulders, he knows what he wants. It is not my role to advise him.”
If Les Blues beat Belgium, Deschamps’ side will face the winner of Italy versus Spain, who play on Wednesday.
Sunday’s final will be held at the San Siro after it was pushed back four months due to the affects of the global pandemic which resulted in the Euros being held a year later than scheduled.