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Macron urges Real Madrid to release players for Paris Olympics amid Mbappé transfer talks

Posted : 16 April 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron urged European clubs, particularly Real Madrid, to release their players for the Paris Olympics men's football tournament this summer, as reports circulate about Kylian Mbappé's potential transfer to the Spanish club. Despite not being part of FIFA's international windows, the Olympic tournament allows for three senior players in each squad, complicating matters further.


With the European Championship scheduled just weeks before the Olympics, Macron emphasized the need for cooperation from clubs to ensure a successful event. "I think that European clubs need to play the game so that we can put on a great show," Macron stated during an interview with RMC Sport, making specific reference to Real Madrid's potential involvement and the importance of players considering their commitments amidst the congested schedule.


Mbappé's desire to participate in the Olympics was confirmed in a news conference before France's game against Germany in March, although he admitted that the decision ultimately rests with his club. Sources indicate that Real Madrid has barred its players from participating in both the Olympics and Euro 2024, forcing individuals like Mbappé, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurélien Tchouaméni to choose between the two competitions.


Despite the challenges posed by club restrictions, players like Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann have expressed their determination to feature in the Olympic tournament. Griezmann affirmed his commitment, stating that he would "do everything" to be part of the event, which is set to kick off on July 24th.


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