Mbappe uncomfortable playing with mask, to miss Madrid US tour alongside four other stars

Mbappe uncomfortable playing with mask, to miss Madrid US tour alongside four other stars

Five top Real Madrid stars currently still excelling at Euro 2024 will be sidelined for the club’s upcoming high-profile tour of the United States.

It was recently confirmed that only Real Madrid players advancing to at least the semi-finals of either the European Championship or the Copa America will be excused from the upcoming tour.

That decision directly impacts several key players, including Luka Modric, who recently signed on for another year, and goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. They are both signed up for the trip.

However, Spain defender Dani Carvajal and France stars Ferland Mendy, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and new boy Kylian Mbappe will not be joining the squad for Madrid’s pre-season preparations.

The reason the Real quintet will not be travelling simply boils down to a fatigue factor and wanting to keep the players fit going into the 2024/25 season.

Indeed, Mbappe cited exhaustion as he came off in the 105th minute of France’s quarter-final win over Portugal, despite being one of the designated penalty takers for the shootout the French eventually won.

For that reason, the newest Real superstar will forego the pre-season training under Antonio Pintus, focusing instead on recovery and readiness for the upcoming season.

Among the French contingent, Camavinga and Mendy have seen limited playing time. Camavinga has started only one out of three matches he participated in, while Mendy has yet to feature on the field, even as a substitute.

Tchouameni, meanwhile, has appeared in four out of five matches for France in Germany, although he did miss the opener due to fitness concerns.

 Meanwhile, Mbappé has this weekend provided an insight into just how badly he is suffering, whilst taking to the pitch in a facial mask.

Speaking to the media in the aftermath of France booking their place in the semi-finals of the Euros, Mbappé was asked for the latest on his comfort levels, whilst wearing his new-look mask.

And the departing Paris Saint-Germain star went on to explain:

“As soon as I can get rid of this mask, I will. It’s horrible.”