Was he just behind the scenes? Or behind the lens, perhaps? The absence of Mattéo Guendouzi in the last photo posted by the French team, each player of which posed with a jersey from his very first club in a staging in the form of a wink for the French team, has in any case was very noticed. Until Paris, where Presnel Kimpembe could not help but comment, on the Instagram of the France team, a lodger “Matéo, where are you? two hilarious emojis attached to the text.
The reason for his absence is very simple: currently an Olympique de Marseille player, Mattéo Guendouzi left the FC Lorient training center but his first club was none other than… PSG. He played there from the age of 6 to 15, between 2005 and 2014, before heading to Morbihan where he will be revealed to the general public.
While the 23 players present in the photo, therefore without Guendouzi, Benzema and Lucas Hernandez, all posed with the shirts of their small local club where they grew up, taking advantage of this moment to discuss their experiences from a young age, seeing the Marseillais posing with the jersey of the great rival would undoubtedly have been frowned upon. Faithful to his club, to which he has repeatedly shown a great attachment, Guendouzi has therefore agreed, in agreement with the FFF as explained by RMC Sport, to dry the class photo.
This did not prevent seeing a large number of clubs from Paris and Île-de-France, the first training center for this World Cup, represented in the photo. 10 of the 23 players present in the photo wore Ile-de-France jerseys: AS Bondy for Kylian Mbappé and William Saliba, Paris FC for Ibrahima Konaté, Olympique de Neuilly-sur-Seine for Marcus Thuram, US Sénart- Moissy for Kingsley Coman, US Créteil-Lusitanos for Adrien Rabiot, FC Villepinte for Randal Kolo Muani, JS Villiers-le-Bel for Axel Disasi, ES Petits-Anges for Alphonse Aréola and Espérance Paris 19e for Youssouf Fofana.