Goals and Highlights: Germany 2-1 France in Friendly Match 2023 | 09/12/2023
"He will be with us, it's a certainty. We would have tried to find solutions. He would not have replaced the competition, but we would have tried to compensate as much as possible. Kylian would have been with us even without playing in August."
"No, I'm not going to get involved. That's not my role. I talk to him, as I do with other players, but that's his career. I'm not an advisor. At most I give them an opinion if they ask for it."
"I've had discussions, but whatever the situation, I make sure I understand everything. Of course, not playing... For him, playing is priceless. But to have all his resources without being able to play for his club would have been impossible."
"The assessment, if it has to be made at this point, is very positive. He has total legitimacy internally. He has the ability to bridge the gap between the older and younger members of the team. Because of who he is, it's not something that weighs on him. He does it naturally. I've already argued with him a lot, but even more so now that he's captain."
"What is ego? Egotism? It's part of being a striker and it's a quality. But otherwise he is anything but egotistical. He's a team player with the ability to make a difference on his own. But that doesn't mean he neglects others. He's ambitious, he wants it all very quickly, he's already done a lot, but he still wants to do more. It's logical, given his history with the French national team. He takes on his new responsibilities without them being a burden. It opens up the team a bit more for him."
"I'm not the one who will decide. I am well aware that the Olympic Games are a big event with interests that go beyond the sporting framework. But the European Championship is still very important. It's a FIFA date when the players are available. Then there will be the question of the Olympic Games, which do not coincide with FIFA dates. The final decision-makers will be the club presidents. I hope and pray that the same thing will not happen as in 2021. Sylvain Ripoll was the victim of an unacceptable situation, and the problem did not come from foreign clubs. I want Thierry Henry to have the best possible France national team. But it's a fantasy to say who will or won't make it today."