EURO 2024: France captain Kylian Mbappe hails Arsenal star as 'one of the best'

EURO 2024: France captain Kylian Mbappe hails Arsenal star as 'one of the best'

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 14:13 - 14.06.2024

Kylian Mbappe has hailed one of Arsenal's stars as France prepare to fight for the EURO 2024 crown this summer.

France captain Kylian Mbappe has insisted that Arsenal defender William Saliba is "among the best centre-backs in the Premier League."

Saliba has solidified his status as one of Europe's finest defenders, and he enjoyed an outstanding season with the Gunners, starting all 38 games as Mikel Arteta's men were narrowly beaten to the Premier League title by Manchester City.

Mbappe calls Arsenal's Saliba one of the best

Despite Saliba's excellence at club level, the 24-year-old has struggled to replicate that on the international stage, with France manager Didier Deschamps preferring other defenders to the Arsenal man.

France and Arsenal defender William Saliba || Credit: Imago
Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe after France's friendly win over Luxembourg in the lead-up to Euro 2024 (Imago/ABACAPRESS) Kylian Mbappe surpassed Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry after stunning performance in France's win over Luxembourg (Imago/ABACAPRESS)

However, Mbappe insists Saliba has all of the qualities to be a starter for the two-time World champions.

“This season, he has become a very important player for Arsenal and is among the best centre-backs in the Premier League. He is starting to get minutes with us," Mbappe told Ouest-France.

"It’s now up to him to find his place. For me, he has all the qualities to, in time, be a starter with Les Bleus."

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