KYLIAN MBAPPE has announced he wants to fulfil a childhood dream by representing France at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, 22, has already helped his country to World Cup and Nations League success and lifted the Ligue 1 title four times.
Now the striker, who looks set for a mega-move to Real Madrid at the end of the season when his contract expires, has revealed Olympic gold is on his bucket list as well.
He told L’Equipe: “It was while watching London 2012 that I realised the importance of this global competition.
“The Games are the reference point for sport, the grail for sportsmen and women.
“I must have been 13, I was still very young, I remember the hours leading up to some events in London.
“LeBron [James], Kobe [Bryant]. I wanted to see what Usain Bolt did on the track. All the other sports, as well as the football.
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“That’s when I said to myself that I want to be there too. I want to experience the Paris Games.
“It’s an inner feeling as if it is my destiny to participate in this huge celebration in my city, in my country – 100 years after the last competition in France.”
Mbappe is still bitter over being denied an opportunity to compete in Tokyo – but he plans to embrace the full Games in 2024 in addition to claiming gold.
He added: “I dream of going to other sports that we don’t have time to see. Judo, handball, basketball, volleyball, canoeing – even skateboarding.
“These Games will be in France, the centenary in Paris. It’s not the biggest competition in football, but you have to play the Games in your career.
“For Tokyo 2020, I wanted to participate. It was an objective of mine. But they quickly pulled the rug from under my feet.”
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