PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has left the French national team gathering after getting called up by coach Didier Deschamps due to personal reasons.
Mbappe reportedly received the devastating news of the death of a close relative, prompting his immediate departure from Clairefontaine on Wednesday.
Despite starting the season by scoring eight goals at PSG, Mbappe's performance has faced scrutiny, with critics highlighting the lack of character he's shown while leading the Parisian squad. The French forward, facing personal challenges, was granted permission by Deschamps to temporarily leave the team gathering to mourn the loss with his family in Bondy.
Although Mbappe missed Wednesday's training session, reports from L'Equipe confirmed his return to the national team camp on Thursday.
The last time Mbappe faced the media was in June, during a France vs. Gibraltar match, with Antoine Griezmann stepping in as vice-captain for subsequent conferences. It's unclear when Mbappe will reappear at the podium.