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Olivier Giroud hails “rough diamond” Kylian Mbappe

Olivier Giroud hails “rough diamond” Kylian Mbappe

Olivier Giroud brands France teammate Kylian Mbappe “a rough diamond” ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final.

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Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:29 UK

Olivier Giroud has branded France teammate Kylian Mbappe “a rough diamond” ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final.

France beat Belgium 1-0 in the semi-finals on Tuesday night to advance to this year’s final, and they will take on a Croatia side that recorded a 2-1 victory over England.

Mbappe has scored three times for his country at this summer’s competition, and the 19-year-old has now received more praise from his international teammate Giroud.

“In recent football we’ve never seen that before and he can still improve again and again. He’s like a rough diamond and we need to keep polishing it. He’s got a big future ahead of him,” Giroud told reporters.

Mbappe entered this year’s World Cup off the back of scoring 21 times in 46 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain last season.

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