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Mbappe: Macron called me and said ‘I know you want to leave, but you are important for France

The PSG star reflected on the soap opera with Real Madrid and says he considered stopping playing for France

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The so-called ‘Kylian Mbappe case’ still lingers on. Months pass and, little by little, news continues to come to light about why Kylian chose to stay at Paris Saint-Germain instead of signing for Real Madrid.

Emmanuel Macron‘s role was vital in this regard and Mbappe has once again acknowledged this in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“We had several calls. In December, January, February, March…”, Mbappe admits with a chuckle, implying the insistence of the French president.

Macron called me and said, ‘I know you want to leave, but I want you to know that you are important for France and I would not like you to leave. You have the chance to make history here. Everyone loves you.”

The PSG star could not believe the call from the head of state.

“I said I appreciated it,” Mbappe said. “It’s really crazy. The president calls you and asks you to stay.”

He considered quitting France

Mbappe also spoke about winning the 2018 World Cup.

“That changed my life,” Mbappe said. “I was already famous before, but after the World Cup it was crazy. It took me a while to learn to keep calm.”

Soon after, however, he hit a low point. The penalty he missed against Switzerland in the round of 16 of Euro 2020 provoked a wave of criticism against him, many with racist overtones, which led him to consider giving up playing for France.

“I thought: ‘I can’t play for people who think I’m a monkey. I’m not going to play anymore’. Then I reflected with the people around me and they encouraged me to continue. Giving up was not a good message because I am an example for a lot of people,” Mbappe said.

There was another reason to continue with Les Bleus: “This is a ‘new’ France, that’s why I didn’t give up. It was a good message for young people to say that we are stronger than all this.”

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