Former PSG Star Slams "Problematic" Kylian Mbappe's "Oversized Ego"

Kylian Mbappe has been told his "ego" is "problematic" for France
Kylian Mbappe has been told his "ego" is "problematic" for France / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Former Paris Saint-Germain and France player Jerome Rothen has claimed that Kylian Mbappe's ego has become "problematic" for the national side, and can no longer be managed by the manager Didier Deschamps.

Mbappe is considered to be one of the best players in the world today, with several top European clubs vying for his signature. He lifted the 2018 World Cup with France, has won four Ligue 1 titles with PSG, and is now chasing glory at Euro 2020.

However, Rothen claims that the praise showered on him has made Mbappe increasingly difficult to coach. He told RMC Sport: "That he is the leader on the pitch, no problem... that it [his ego] goes off the field too, that bothers me. I think Didier Deschamps can no longer manage it and it is problematic. It is even surprising that he lets Kylian Mbappe do so many things.

"It can be seen in his performances on the pitch. Today, we cannot say that Kylian Mbappe has had a successful Euros. Is he in the right frame of mind like he was at PSG throughout the end of the season? I would say no. We expect much better from Kylian Mbappe. Everyone thinks that Mbappe is one of the best players in Europe. But if you immediately put him in the category of the very best, you cannot be satisfied."

Mbappe is yet to score for France, but Rothen believes he should be kept off free-kick duty as Les Bleus have better options in that department.

He added: "Is he aware that he does not have the class of some [of the others] in the group on set pieces? Maybe he scores them in training. But I watch all of Mbappe's matches. Do you remember a magnificent free-kick? From 25 metres? On the other hand, I remember some from [Antoine] Griezmann, from [Paul] Pogba. That's two already, a left footer and a right footer. So what is he [Mbappe] doing there?"

Earlier this month, Deschamps backed Mbappe to fire France to European glory, saying: "Speculation is part of the game. What is going on outside, Kylian is clear on that, but he knows why he is here with the France team

“He will have a decision to make, and he will make it when he sees fit. At the moment, he is still under contract with PSG and supposed to be there next year. On what can happen, I don’t know. He is totally in control, but he is in peace and serenity with us. He is focused on the France team.”