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France kick off their Euro 2020 campaign with a game against Germany on Tuesday, June 15, and there are claims of unrest in the French camp.
According to reports, a statement made by Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud didn’t go down well with PSG star Kylian Mbappe.
“You say that I was quiet, but it’s because sometimes I ask for the ball and it doesn’t reach me,” Giroud said after France 3-0 win over Bulgaria earlier in the week.
“Then, I try to make as many calls as possible to my teammates and try to provide solutions in the box.”
According to L’Equipe, PSG and France striker Kylian Mbappe felt singled out by Giroud’s comments, especially as the Chelsea striker spoke highly of the assists provided by Benjamin Pavard and Wissam Ben Yedder.
“With two good assists from Ben Yedder and Pavard, I was able to finish the game well, but we could have scored more goals if we had been more efficient,” Giroud added.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has responded to the feud between the duo and has played down such talks.
Asked whether there has been any tension between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba joked: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly.”
Pogba added: “You know Kylian, you know his qualities.
“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.
“He is an altruistic player. But I always tell him that it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs).
“In any case, I did not see anything and we do not feel any tensions. Nothing came out.”