Former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has reignited his feud with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.
The 34-year-old, who now plays for Metz, previously took a swipe at the youngster on Twitter at the start of the year, suggesting the France international does not care as much about his heritage as he lets on.
Like Assou-Ekotto, Mbappe was born in France to parents of Cameroonian and Algerian decent, but, unlike the full-back, he chose to play international for the country of his birth.
Mbappe had spoken of how he wanted to honour his family’s roots by helping to develop the game in Africa during a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron and Liberian president George Weah.
‘European players of African origin who hold Africa in their hears and who want to help the sport in Africa… blah, blah, blah… while rushing to play for a European national team make me chuckle,’ Assou-Ekotto said.
‘It looks good when you have a cause though.’
The quotes led to a sarcastic response from Mbappe, who replied on Twitter.
Assou Ekotto then responded with a quote from French author Victor Hugo, writing: ‘A lion who copies becomes a monkey.’
And he has now reopened the debate in a conversation with RMC.
‘Put yourself in the place of the players from Cameroon,’ he said. ‘You, a French player are going to come to develop us… Stay at home, help your guys in Bondy, in your neighbourhood, in your France.
‘Yes, you love Africa, but you never go there. So what’s the story? Yes, you love your wife, but you go out with another. It’s a game I know, manipulate public opinion, blah, blah blah.’