Kylian Mbappé’s reduced playing time with Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks might benefit the France national team, according to manager Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps: Kylian Mbappé
Kylian Mbappé

He suggested that this could keep Mbappé fresh for the European Championship and Olympic Games.

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The France captain, who announced his intention to leave PSG as a free agent at the end of the season, has only played the full 90 minutes in three matches since February 14.

These include a Champions League victory at Real Sociedad, a French Cup win against Nice, and a Ligue 1 triumph over Montpellier last Sunday.

Commenting on Kylian’s playing time, Deschamps told reporters on Monday that players must be physically fresh for major competitions. He acknowledged that all players tend to feel some fatigue at the end of the season, so any reduction in this fatigue would be beneficial.

Looking ahead to a friendly against Germany on March 23, the French coach emphasized the importance of managing players’ physical condition.

Kylian’s potential move to Real Madrid this summer could impact his participation in the Paris Olympics, as France under-23 coach Thierry Henry revealed that Madrid had declined to release players for the Games.

Deschamps expressed disappointment with Real Madrid’s stance on the Olympics, stating that decisions are often made by business people. He noted that if a request is denied, there’s little that can be done, especially if it doesn’t align with official FIFA dates.