France rift deepens as Mbappe ‘rejects apology’ from Giroud ahead of Euro 2020

Kylian Mbappe has rejected an apology from Olivier Giroud following comments he made after France’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday.

The internal rift threatens to hamper French hopes as they target Euro 2020 success in the coming weeks.

Giroud came off the bench to score twice on Tuesday evening as Didier Deschamps continues to shuffle his pack.

The France boss has a host of options available to him, but two of his main attacking weapons appear to be at loggerheads.

Following the Bulgaria win the Chelsea striker said: “‘Sometimes you make the runs and ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”

Kylian Mbappe hasn't accepted an apology from Olivier Giroud
Kylian Mbappe hasn’t accepted an apology from Olivier Giroud

Mbappe was left angered by his comments and even asked Deschamps if he could call a press conference to give his side of the story as he felt they were directed at him.

RMC Sport report that the French boss rejected his request, but the issue appears to have deepened.

It is understood that Giroud has clarified his comments and said his words ‘ran away with him’ and that his comments were not directed at any one player.

That explanation hasn’t been well received by Mbappe however who appears to still be harbouring his anger.

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Deschamps attempted to cool down the situation, saying: “If you received the ball after each time you called for it, it is always the same.

“The attacker says: ‘I am making runs, but it’s on the midfield.’ The midfielders will say that it is on the attackers. Sometimes, the pass isn’t forthcoming, sometimes it is down to the movement. But this is not a stigmatisation of Kylian or whoever.”

The France boss even called a meeting with the pair in an effort to resolve the situation amid fears it could hamper their tournament ambitions.

Deschamps wants the squad to move past the situation and let go of any tension, but the ill feeling still remains.

After the team meeting, Giroud is understood to have forced a hug upon Mbappe after providing him with two assists in a small-sided game in training.

France come into Euro 2020 as favourites following their World Cup success in Russia three years ago.

They are looking to emulate the French team of 2000 by backing up a World Cup winner with Euro glory.

Friction within the camp is nothing new however following the squad’s well documented fallout at the World Cup in 2010.

Nicolas Anelka was sent home after clashing with coach Raymond Domenech before anarchy broke out and France were sent packing in the group stages.

Germany, Portugal and Hungary find themselves alongside France in Group F.

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