Kylian Mbappe vows to play at 'dream' Paris 2024 and says Tokyo 2020 Olympic goal was cut short

PSG star reveals his Olympic ambitions, saying "Paris 2024 Games are a priority. If I need to include it in my contract, I will... I always have dreamt about that! The Olympics are the Holy Grail of the sport."

By Ken Browne
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France football superstar Kylian Mbappé has no doubt where his future lies.

The 22-year-old has regularly been linked with a move away from his club, Paris Saint Germain, in 2021, but is clear that the French capital plays a big role in his future plans.

In a full-length, full-blooded interview with French sports paper L'Equipe, Mbappe spoke of future goals and dreams and how no-one will stop him from playing at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

"The Olympics are the Holy Grail of the sport." - Kylian Mbappé

It wasn't the best of summers for Mbappe, with PSG again falling short in their quest for a maiden UEFA Champions League title, missing a penalty as France crashed out of Euro 2020 to Switzerland in the Round of 16, and his club preventing him from also playing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“[Tokyo 2020] was a goal, and I was quickly cut off, but Paris 2024 Games are a priority," he said.

"If I need to include it in my contract, I won’t let anything get in the way. I know where I’ll be for a part of the 2024 summer. Those Games are in France, those of the centenary. I always have dreamt about that!"

Mbappe would need to be selected as one of the three over-age players in the men's Olympic tournament squad, but has no doubts about lining up alongside the French Under-23 team.

"It’s not the greatest football competition but it’s something amazing when you love sport.”

Mbappé hopes to make France proud at Paris 2024

There was great disappointment when the French Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad was announced without one of the biggest names in the game, despite him saying publicly that he wanted to play.

Not least the player himself.

"I was sad. That was a pity. I feel respect for all the players that were there but it looks like a boycott from the clubs."

While Mbappé didn't move from PSG to Real Madrid in the European transfer window, there was the small consolation of Olympic gold medallist Leo Messi joining him and Rio 2016 champion Neymar for the 2021/22 season in France.

But despite everything that was going on behind the scenes, he still managed to watch French Olympians shine on the biggest sporting stage in Tokyo.

"Honestly, I admire the volleyball players, basketball players, handball players, women and men. They took the gold. They made France proud. I hope to live that and accomplish the same thing in 2024."

Now, with the Paris Olympics less than three years away, the FIFA World Cup winner is aiming to add one of sport's greatest accolades to his CV: An Olympic gold medal.

And he isn't the only massive football star committed to playing at a home Games, Antoine Griezmann has also expressed a strong interest in being part of the Paris 2024 squad for France.

We're excited already.