After Hugo Lloris’ retirement from international football, Christophe Galtier, the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, stated that forward Kylian Mbappe would be taking on “a great burden” if he were to become the new captain of France.
Galtier called Mbappe a leader and said he hasn’t yet talked to him about taking over as France’s captain.
Mbappe has accumulated 66 caps for Les Bleus and scored 36 goals thus far.
The 24-year-old was on the winning team in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar despite having won the 2018 FIFA World Cup and scoring a hat-trick against Argentina.
The former Monaco star seems like an easy choice, but he might not want to succeed Lloris, who served as captain for ten years.
Raphael Varane, a center back for Manchester United who served as vice-captain at the Qatar World Cup, is reportedly another serious candidate for the position.
In his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Galtier stated: “I am not the national team coach.” This was in reference to PSG’s Ligue 1 encounter against Angers on Wednesday night. I won’t participate in the debate on the France captain.
“Sometimes, the France captain is of a certain age with a certain number of caps.
“Kylian Mbappe has got many under his belt and many incredible performances. I have not spoken to Kylian Mbappe about whether he’ll be the France captain or not.
“Of course, that is a huge responsibility. It’s not me who will decide who the captain will be. Even without the armband, he is a leader.”