The fallout from France’s Euro 2020 exit continues to rumble with Kylian Mbappe at the centre of a storm with team-mate Antoine Griezmann.
Didier Deschamps’ side were astonishingly knocked out by Switzerland following a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra time in the last-16 knockout round.
It was Mbappe’s penalty that was saved by Yann Sommer to hand the Swiss a memorable victory and reach the European Championship quarter-finals.
Reports of a dressing room rift between Adrien Rabiot and Paul Pogba, and a public row between parents of the players in the stands have only added to the tension within the France squad.
And now the 22-year-old has become embroiled in an apparent dispute with Griezmann over his popularity in the squad.
New details have emerged from the French camp that suggests Mbappe’s relationship with Griezmann has deteriorated since meeting up for the international tournament, even though the pair have linked up on the pitch together.
According to L’Equipe, Mbappe’s relationship with Griezmann has nosedived during the past few weeks due to his “jealousy” towards the Barcelona star. That is despite the fact the Paris Saint-Germain forward is regarded as one of the best footballers in the world.
Additionally, the two players are thought to be on opposite sides of the debate regarding the decision to recall Karim Benzema for the first time in five years.
The Real Madrid striker was brought back into the national setup and the decision is thought to have caused friction amongst the players amid accusations of Benzema’s alleged involvement in a blackmailing scandal.
Griezmann, who played an important role in Les Bleus’ 2018 World Cup triumph, starred along Mbappe in that tournament. But it is understood the duo are at odds over Benzema as he wanted him to be left out of the squad, while Mbappe was keen on his return.
Mbappe has become heavily involved in stories involving disagreements with his team-mates, notably heading into the tournament with Olivier Giroud after the veteran complained he was not being given the ball.
A matter that would usually be resolved after the game, the 22-year-old reportedly demanded that a press conference was called to address the matter, even though Giroud had insisted he was not singling out Mbappe.
“It’s not what he said,” Mbappe said. “Frankly, what he said doesn’t bother me. I’m a striker and it’s an opinion. He is expressing an opinion when he speaks. It doesn’t bother me.
“I’m a striker and I’ve had this feeling 365 times in a game and I will have it again, when you feel you’re not getting the service [of the ball]. It’s more about making it public.
Captain Hugo Lloris attempted to play down the incident as nothing more than a disagreement, but it had played out for several days in the press.
“Mbappe and Giroud they had maybe a short discussion but that’s normal – it’s nothing unusual,” the Tottenham goalkeeper said.
Overall, it has has been a tournament to forget for the PSG star, having failed to score in all four appearances before his penalty miss.
Former France international Jerome Rothen hit out at Mbappe and claimed Deschamps had failed to suppress his ego in the dressing room.
“That he is the leader on the pitch, no problem… that it [his ego] extends to off the field too, that bothers me,” Rothen RMC Sport in France.
“I think Didier Deschamps can no longer manage it and it is problematic. It is even surprising that he lets Kylian Mbappe do so many things.
“It can be seen in his performances on the pitch. Today, we cannot say that Kylian Mbappe has had a successful Euros.
“Is he in the right like he was at PSG throughout the end of the season? I would say no.
“We expect much better from Kylian Mbappe. Everyone thinks that Mbappe is one of the best players in Europe. But if you immediately put him in the category of the very best, you cannot be satisfied.”