Mbappe: “I am happy at PSG”

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It has been written for days that Kylian Mbappe will leave PSG in January because he is unhappy in the French capital.

Even PSG coach and sports director Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos denied those claims, but the French media did not stop writing about the departure of the biggest French star from the Parc des Princes. In the end, Mbappe himself spoke out, rejecting the possibility of leaving PSG.

“I read that information on the day of the match with Benfica, I don’t know where the journalists got it from. I have no idea about it, I was shocked like everyone else when they heard it. It’s all a complete lie, I’m happy at PSG”, said Mbappe for RMC Sport.

But despite Mbappe’s denial, it is hard to believe that the French media will not continue to “move” him from PSG.

Mbappe wants to leave in January?

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Initially the Spanish, and then the French media, announced the bombastic news that Kylian Mbappe wants to leave PSG in January next year and continue his career in another club.

This news was initially published by the Spanish Marca, and then the French Le Parisien, stating that Mbappe will leave PSG in January and seek happiness elsewhere. “The PSG striker feels betrayed by the club’s leaders and finds that the promises he received were not fulfilled,” writes Le Parisien, while the news was soon confirmed by L’Équipe.

The European media immediately started speculating where Mbappe could continue his career, and although it is clear that Real Madrid is the first favorite and the dream club of this footballer, it is also mentioned that he could continue his career at Liverpool.

It is known that since January of this year, the saga regarding Mbappe’s new club lasted for five months and that his departure to Madrid was “almost finished”, but at the end of May, under great pressure, he changed his decision and signed a new contract with PSG until 2025.

Trouble At the Top: The Feud Between Neymar and Mbappe

For weeks now, a cloud has hung over the PSG dressing room. Despite powerful performances on the pitch, including a 7-1 smashing of Lille, there is trouble at the top.

Two of the most promising young talents in world football are at odds with each other, when they should be blending their skills together to make truly beautiful football. Here is what you need to know about the biggest grudge match in French football: Neymar v Mbappe.

Paying the Penalty

Paris Saint-Germain has become a victim of its own success and largess with this petty penalty feud. Two of the biggest players in Europe, the brightest stars in the Parisian sky, have fallen out with each other over the penalty taking order.

PSG’s dream of seeing these two players combine on the pitch and set goalscoring records could be in tatters. Boss Christophe Galtier seems to have backed Neymar in the argument, but taking sides is probably a mistake.

This hasn’t hurt PSG’s chances of winning Ligue 1. The bookmakers still favour them to win, with bet365 Norge giving them odds of 1/25; a 96% probability. Their dominance in their domestic league is not the issue though. Paris Saint-Germain needs all its firepower fully functional if they are finally going to mount a serious challenge for the Champions League.

Sergio Ramos Blocks a Challenge

The feud began earlier this month in the match with Montpellier. Mbappe has seen his first penalty saved and wanted to take the second when it was awarded, but Neymar stepped in. From his perspective, Mbappe took his opportunity earlier and now it was his turn. He has a point.

The atmosphere between the pair in the dressing room was so tense that defensive legend and former captain of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, has to take action. He prevented the pair from physically clashing.

This led to a first-team meeting where both players were reprimanded by the boss for letting things go too far, and Mbappe was told that it was Neymar’s pen. Though both players apologised to the manager and their teammates, the relationship between the two is still frosty.

Mbappe Has Problems with Messi Too

Reports from the backrooms of the Parc des Princes suggest that Neymar is not the only big name that Mbappe has problems with. He and Lionel Messi have never really clicked on or off the pitch, and Messi backed Neymar in the dispute, and allegedly took time to tell Mbappe as much.

Kylian Mbappe’s poor relationships with some of his most important teammates are a danger for PSG, both on the field and off. When he signed a three-year contract extension this summer it reportedly contained a clause that gave Mbappe influence in the club’s major sporting decisions.

His close friendship with the club’s new sporting director, Luis Campos, goes back to their days together at Monaco. Mbappe could start flexing his muscles in the boardroom to influence team selections and contract extensions of his foes.

Until Mbappe calms down and feels his rightful place at the top of the pecking order has been restored, things are going to get worse. If PSG is going to challenge for every trophy, this needs fixing.

Feignies-Aulnoye 0-3 PSG

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PSG started their career in the French Cup by defeating a rival from the fifth division in France, Feignies-Aulnoye (0-3), with great comfort. Mbappé on two occasions and Icardi were the authors of the goals in a match where Sergio Ramos started, being replaced at halftime by Pochettino.

Ramos was very active with the ball and was lavish in attack. Against a rival who barely reached Keylor Navas’s vicinity, PSG opened the account with a penalty scored by Mbappé in the 16th minute. The second also came from a penalty, although this time it was Icardi who was in charge of launching it.

Already in the second half came the final 3-0 with the insatiable Mbappé as the protagonist. He easily finished off an assist on the right wing from Dagba. PSG did not need Messi, who was not called up by Pochettino, to reach the round of 32 of the French Cup.

PSG 4-1 Club Brugge

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PSG and Manchester City previously secured a place in the round of 16, while Leipzig and Club Brugge fought for a place leading to the continuation of the competition in the European League.

PSG welcomed Club Brugge and celebrated with 4-1. Kylian Mbappe scored for 1-0 in the 2nd minute, and then five minutes later for 2-0. Lionel Messi scored for 3-0 in the 38th minute, but Mats Rits reduced it to 3-1 in the 68th minute.

In the 76th Messi won a penalty, hit it perfectly and scored, surpassing the legendary Pele on the list of top scorers in history. Pele scored 757 goals, and Messi’s second goal in tonight’s match was 758th in his career.

On the other hand, Leipzig welcomed Manchester City at home and celebrated 2-1 with goals from Dominik Szoboszlai in the 24th minute and Andrea Silva in the 71st minute, while the away goal was scored by Riyad Mahrez in the 77th minute. The German team will continue the competition in the sixteenth finals of the European League.