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    Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann Omitted from France’s Preliminary Olympic Squad

    Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann were absent from the preliminary list of 25 players called up by hosts France for the upcoming Olympic Games football tournament.

    Despite expressing their desire to participate in the Paris Games, both Mbappe and Griezmann were not included due to the refusal of their Spanish clubs to release them. Mbappe, 25, is set to play for Real Madrid next season, while Griezmann, 33, is currently with Atletico Madrid.

    World Cup-winning forward and France captain Mbappe will instead lead France at Euro 2024, which will take place from June 14 to July 14 in Germany.

    “I have to give a fairly realistic list, even if I know that it is virtual,” said France Olympic football coach Thierry Henry. He added that he is “still hoping” to call upon Mbappe during the Olympic tournament. “Everything is open for everyone, but we must give a list so that everyone can prepare. But we are not closing the door to anyone,” Henry stated.

    Paris Saint-Germain duo Warren Zaire-Emery and Bradley Barcola, along with Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, were named in the preliminary list. Henry emphasized that the list is subject to change before the final deadline on July 3.

    A source close to PSG indicated that the French Ligue 1 champions have refused to release Zaire-Emery, 18, and Barcola, 21, who have also been called up for Euro 2024 in Germany.

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