What happened between Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe as Paul Pogba sets firm stance
Les Bleus comfortably beat Bulgaria 3-0 earlier in the week, with Giroud coming off the bench to score a brace late on.
However, the Chelsea striker was frustrated about the amount of passes he received from his team-mates – and the comments reportedly left Mbappe furious.
After France’s victory over Bulgaria, Giroud said: “Sometimes you make the runs and ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”
According to RMC Sport, the Paris Saint-Germain star wanted to call a press conference to talk about Giroud’s comments, but France boss Didier Deschamps was not so keen on the matter ahead of the Euros.
The same French outlet are reporting that Giroud tried to make things better with Mbappe by apologising to his international team-mate at training, but he was left unconvinced.
Giroud apparently said that his post-match comments ‘ran away with him’ and that they were directed at a number of players.
Deschamps is said to have called a meeting between his two forwards to try and solve the issue. As well as this, the France boss supposedly held a meeting with the whole squad – with the instruction to move on being the main subject.
After the squad meeting, Giroud reportedly hugged Mbappe after assisting him twice in a training match.
Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba has also now responded to the rumours of a rift within the camp, but the midfielder played the talk down.
“No, the only tension is on the back and legs,” Pogba said.
“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.
The 33-year-old Giroud remains a key player for the reigning world champions despite not having so much of an impact at Chelsea last season.
When Thomas Tuchel took over at Stamford Bridge, the French striker barely had a look-in for his side. Giroud managed just eight starts in the Premier League throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
However, much to many people’s surprise given the constant transfer rumours, the former Arsenal man put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract extension in west London.
“I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea. I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my teammates,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”