It all started on Tuesday after France’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria in a friendly when Giroud suggested he was not getting the serve he deserved – seen by some as a blow to Mbappe.
Giroud scored two goals after replacing Karim Benzema, and several of his teammates ran towards him to celebrate his debut. But not Mbappé, who seemed to be walking in the opposite direction.
“I was calm because sometimes you race and the balls just don’t come,” Giroud told L’Equipe TV.
“I don’t always pretend to make the right choices, but I have tried to provide solutions in the field. “
Mbappe said on Sunday he had been “a little affected” by growing unrest caused by Giroud’s comments.
“What he said doesn’t bother me more than that,” Mbappe said at a press conference, according to L’Equipe.
“He expresses a feeling when he speaks. I’m a striker and I’ve had that feeling 365 times in a game, when you feel like you’re not being served.
“It’s more about publishing it publicly. I saw him in the locker room, I congratulated him on his goals, he didn’t tell me anything. I heard about it in the press. It’s more (important) than what he said, he didn’t say anything bad.
Mbappe, one of the best strikers in the world, said he didn’t want to make “a big deal out of it”.
“We are here to represent France, that’s the most important,” he said.
Giroud’s regular place in France’s attack was threatened by Benzema’s recall after nearly six years of absence from the national team amid bitter fallout with coach Didier Deschamps over the alleged role of Benzema in a sex tape scandal.
However, Benzema limped against Bulgaria with a minor knee injury and is in doubt for the Euro 2020 game against Germany in Munich on Tuesday, raising the possibility of Giroud returning to the squad.
Giroud and Benzema had an icy relationship before Benzema’s fallout with Deschamps. It cost Benzema his place and Giroud won to become France’s second-best scorer with 46 goals, five behind Thierry Henry’s national record.