Kylian Mbappe tests positive for coronavirus

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Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo has slammed the French Football Federation for not telling him that Kylian Mbappe had tested positive for coronavirus.

The PSG striker has returned home and will not face Croatia on Tuesday night in the Nations League.

Mbappe is also set to miss PSG’s fixtures away to Lens on September 10 and at home to Marseille on September 13 according to Telefoot.

But Leonardo said he didn’t know this and had to find out via media reports.

‘I find it completely unacceptable that we learn from the press that one of our players is positive,’ he told RMC.

‘They released a statement and sent the player home but no-one from the Federation has communicated this to us. No one has contacted us.’

‘Are we managing? Everyone gives lectures to PSG, that we’re poorly managed. But when this happens, it’s still PSG that have to manage the problems, despite not knowing about them. PSG are always the bad guys in the story.

‘It is a lack of respect to never communicate with the club. We did not speak with anyone. We only spoke with Mbappe. We were the ones who had to put the pressure on. It is unacceptable.’

A statement from the French FA read: ‘Kylian Mbappe will not participate in France versus Croatia on Tuesday evening at 20:45CET at the Stade de France.The result of his Covid-19 test carried out by UEFA on Monday morning was found to be positive. He was placed away from the group after receiving the results, at the end of training, before going back to his own home in the evening.

‘Like the entire delegation, Kylian Mbappe had undergone a test prior to the games of the international break. The result was negative, like the one last Wednesday, at the request of UEFA, before Sweden against France.’

Mbappe’s team-mate Neymar has also reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, with the Ligue 1 club confirming last week that three players have contracted the virus.

The Ligue 1 champions and Champions League finalists did not name the players involved, but Angel Di Maria, 32, and Leandro Paredes, 26, are believed to be the other two players to have tested positive, as reported by French outlet L’Equipe.

Mbappe has this week warned PSG that they must spend money on new recruits in order to win the Champions League next season.

The Ligue 1 champions fell short in the Champions League final last month in a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in Lisbon. PSG graduate Kingsley Coman score the only goal of the game, as Mbappe struggled to have much impact.


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