Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé took over as France’s captain after Les Bleus defeated the Netherlands 4-0 at the Stade de France on Friday..
Mbappé, who is 24 years old, has the potential to be the face of the national team for the next decade. Nonetheless, Téléfoot spoke with the 2018 FIFA World Cup and expressed his pride in representing the French people.
“Being captain of your country is always symbolic,” Mbappé told Canal Supporters, a French media outlet. “We represent millions of French people, and now I am the representative of the team that represents the country,” he says.
It’s wonderful because it reminds me of myself as a child. It would have been wonderful if we had told little Kylian he was going to be captain.
As a captain, you cannot ignore certain fundamentals. Above all, it is to consider the team. I don’t want to be a captain who takes the initiative. I believe we have a lot of key players on the team. The goal is not to shut others out. Of course, I am the link between the old and new generations, but that does not put any pressure on me. “I believe it will go very well.”
The forward could also be in the running to lead PSG next season, as Mbappé has already worn the captain’s armband while Marquinhos is out with an injury.
However, naming the French star captain may be the right move if changes occur for the 2023-24 season. It will communicate to the rest of the squad that PSG is Mbappé’s team..
PSG and sporting advisor Luis Campos have a lot of work to do this summer, and the captaincy decision should not be overlooked.