Kylian Mbappé clears the air with Neymar as PSG future remains uncertain

French striker spoke of racist abuse he received after penalty miss at Euro 2020

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé with Neymar during last weekend’s loss to Rennes. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé with Neymar during last weekend’s loss to Rennes. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

 

France striker Kylian Mbappé on Tuesday fell short of saying he would leave Paris St-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old told the Ligue 1 club he wanted to join Real Madrid during the close season, only for PSG to turn down the Spanish club’s offers.

Asked if he was going to leave next summer, Mbappé told French sports daily L’Equipe: “I’ve been in football long enough now to know that yesterday’s truth is not necessarily today’s, nor tomorrow’s. If I was told that Messi was going to play at PSG, I wouldn’t have believed it, so you never know what’s going to happen.”

Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar form what has been regarded as the most exciting attacking trio in club football, but they have struggled to gel, with Mbappé showing his frustration towards the Brazilian.

Mbappé was heard saying “this bum, he never passes to me” in a Ligue 1 game against Montpellier last month.

“Yes, yes, I said that. Now, these are things that happen all the time in soccer. It’s just not something that sticks. That’s why, immediately afterwards, seeing how big it had become, I talked to him about it,” said Mbappé.

“We’ve exchanged a lot of words like that in the past and we’ll continue to do so, because we want to win, but there shouldn’t be any hard feelings. There is no resentment at all because I respect the player and the man and I admire what he is.”

Mbappé now wants to focus on football.

“Right now, my future is not my priority,” he said. “I’ve already wasted a lot of energy this summer, and it was tiring.”

Mbappé is with the France squad as they prepare for this week’s Nations League Final Four tournament with a semi-final against Belgium on Thursday and the PSG forward is looking to put his Euro 2020 disappointment behind.

His miss in the penalty shootout against Switzerland effectively knocked the world champions out in the last 16 and Mbappé faced stern criticism in France and racist abuse.

“What shocked me, once again, was to be called a monkey for a penalty,” he said.

“That’s why I wanted support, not because I took my penalty on the left and (Yann) Sommer stopped it. That’s my fault.”

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