Kylian Mbappé: Here's why the footballer never appears in press conferences

If you haven't seen Kylian Mbappé in a press conference with his team during the World Cup, there's a good reason.

Kylian Mbappé
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Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé is the kind of person who keeps to himself when it comes to public speaking. The young footballer, who values his image, gives very few official media interviews. Recently, however, the striker confided in Sports Illustrated, for which he told more about his special relationship with Emmanuel Macron.

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Kylian Mbappé is not participating

Like all the teams participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, press conferences are organised on the sidelines of the matches. For Les Bleus, there was the coach Didier Deschamps, the captain Hugo Lloris, the midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni or Randal Kolo-Muani, who did not hesitate to reveal the surprising phobia of Ousmane Dembélé in front of journalists.

And among the list of participants Kylian Mbappé was not found. But then, why is the striker not going to press conferences during this World Cup? The newspaper Libération has given some information on the subject.

'Making his feet talk'

According to them, Kylian Mbappé would have decided to 'make his feet talk' in Qatar. He would especially like to avoid having to answer controversial questions. Like his extension at Paris Saint-Germain, which belongs to a Qatari fund. A subject that could deviate from the scandals linked to the organisation of the World Cup in Qatar, between deaths on building sites and human rights violations.

Paid by Qatar via PSG, Kylian Mbappé would not want to 'put himself at odds' with his employer. He would also like to avoid questions about his future at the club, about Lionel Messi or Neymar.

Another detail, the striker did not appear before the photographers with his man of the match award, which he won twice. Why not? Because this cup is sponsored by the Budweiser beer brand and he would not want to advertise alcohol. This 'no-show' would have cost the FFF a fine of over $10,600.

This article was translated from Gentside FR.

Sources used:

Libération: Pourquoi Kylian Mbappé ne parle pas à la presse depuis le début de la Coupe du monde 2022

World Cup 2022: This is what Emmanuel Macron said to Kylian Mbappé after Argentina-France World Cup 2022: This is what Emmanuel Macron said to Kylian Mbappé after Argentina-France