During Paris Saint-Germain’s recent victory over Montpellier (but PSG lost to Rennes – football news), Kylian Mbappe seemingly insulted teammate Neymar. And now, amidst news of football transfers around him, Mbappe admits that he called Neymar a tramp on-pitch. He also said that he is more than willing to do another PSG teammate Lionel Messi’s jogging for him this season.
PSG’s front three is one of the most star-studded ever assembled, but things haven’t gone well thus far. Due to injuries and rotation, the trio has yet to develop a true understanding of each other and playing together.
Newspapers have also suggested that the trio’s rivalry and egos could get in the way of their on-field success.
In the latest scandal of PSG’s front three, cameras captured Mbappe yelling at Neymar. This was after the latter failed to play him through, viz. pass to him, in the Montpellier encounter last month.
Mbappe Admits That He Called Neymar a Tramp on-pitch
Now, in an interview with L’Equipe, Kylian Mbappe has responded candidly about the situation, saying: “Yes, yes, I said it. Now, these are things that happen all the time in football. It just doesn’t have to be something left.
“That’s why, immediately afterwards, given the extent of it, I spoke with him about it. We have already exchanged a lot of words like that in the past and it will continue because we want to win, but there must not be a certain resentment.
“There is none at all because I respect the player and the man and I admire what he is. But now, I was not happy with a pass. One day it happened to me too, I didn’t pass and he wasn’t happy. But there is no problem.”
Mbappe also discussed his friendship with PSG’s other superstar striker, Lionel Messi, who he confirmed was acclimatizing well in Paris.
“I never imagined him coming here! He is one of the few players that I put in an “impossible that I play with him” box,” he grinned.
“For me, he was never going to leave Barcelona. I savour every moment next to him. We must never forget that it remains a privilege. He is someone who loves football. He talks to everyone, he tries to fit in in his own way, even if he’s a little shy. But in the field, he is not shy.”
Mbappe then added that now that Messi is in the starting XI, he gladly does some extra defensive work:
“When you only play with great players, you have to make concessions. You are no longer the only big player. It’s not you and the others anymore, it’s all together. Because all we want is to win.”
He finished: “When you have Messi in your team, you know he has to do a little less to have more juice and be more lucid to score. So, if you have to go, you go. There is no problem, it is an established hierarchy. Me, I agree to run when Messi is walking, no problem! It’s Messi, anyway!”