FORMER Paris Saint-Germain winger Jerome Rothen believes Kylian Mbappe’s ‘oversized ego’ is proving to be problematic for France.
The 43-year-old, who won 13 caps for Les Bleus, has stated that Didier Deschamps is struggling to control the Les Parisiens striker’s attitude.
Mbappe was involved in a public spat with Olivier Giroud prior to Euro 2020 where the Chelsea ace aimed a dig towards the 22-year-old.
The ex-Arsenal centre-forward accused Mbappe of failing to pass to him during the 3-0 friendly win against Bulgaria.
His statement left Mbappe feeling ‘frustrated’ and ‘angry’, while he insisted that Giroud’s comments ‘affected’ him ahead of the tournament.
Mbappe started all three of France’s Euro 2020 group games, but failed to chip in with a goal or assist with his performances questioned.
And ex-Rangers loanee Rothen – part of France’s Euro 2004 squad – has hit out at Mbappe as he claimed no-one can be satisfied with his displays so far.
He told RMC Sport: “That he is the leader on the pitch, no problem… that it [his ego] extends to off the field too, that bothers me.
“I think Didier Deschamps can no longer manage it and it is problematic. It is even surprising that he lets Kylian Mbappe do so many things.
“It can be seen in his performances on the pitch. Today, we cannot say that Kylian Mbappe has had a successful Euros.
“Is he in the right like he was at PSG throughout the end of the season? I would say no.
“We expect much better from Kylian Mbappe. Everyone thinks that Mbappe is one of the best players in Europe.
“But if you immediately put him in the category of the very best, you cannot be satisfied.”
Mbappe is heading into the final year of his contract at Parc des Princes and has been linked with a shock move away this summer.
It has been reported that Real Madrid could make a swoop for the player after Euro 2020.