Despite widespread speculation last week that he will seek a move away from the Qatar-owned club as soon as possible, Kylian Mbappe reaffirmed on Sunday that he has “never sought to leave” Paris Saint-Germain.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The 23-year-old France superstar was speaking after PSG’s 1-0 win over Marseille, in which he set up Neymar for the sole goal as PSG moved three points clear atop Ligue 1.
“I am overjoyed. “I have never sought to leave in January,” he claimed, insisting that he was not “directly or indirectly” involved in the rumours concerning his future.
The news broke on Tuesday, just hours before PSG’s 1-1 Champions League tie against Benfica, in which he scored.
“I couldn’t understand why the story was released on the day of a game.” “I was as surprised as everyone else,” Mbappe said.
“People may believe I was involved, but I was not.”
Several sources confirm that the hubbub about Mbappe wishing to leave PSG came from the player’s entourage, despite the fact that he only signed a new three-year contract in May after extensive talks.
Mbappe has freely stated that he has not been enjoying his role in Paris’ attack this season, claiming that he plays with “greater freedom” when on international duty.
He emphasized, however, that there was no reality to his desire to leave Paris, saying, “It is entirely false.” “I am overjoyed.”
Neymar scored in first-half stoppage time as PSG overcame their bitter rivals at the Parc des Princes to keep their perfect record intact.
Marseille defender Samuel Gigot was also sent off in the second half for scything down Neymar.
It was a welcome return to form for PSG following three straight draws and a week marred by speculation over Mbappe’s future.
PSG are three points ahead of Lorient, who drew 0-0 with Reims on Saturday.
Lens are in third place, five points behind the leaders, with Marseille in fourth place, another point behind.
Mbappe started in attack for the Parisians with Neymar and the returning Lionel Messi, but was denied twice in the first half by great Pau Lopez saves.
“He generated a lot of opportunities.” Most of the time, he was in his preferred position. “He just missed a little luck and ran into an excellent goalie,” coach Christophe Galtier told Amazon Prime.
“Obviously, I understand Kylian and that he wants to play in his preferred position,” Galtier remarked after switching from a back three to a back four against Marseille.
“That’s also why we tried a different system, but trust me when I say everything is OK in the locker room.”
“I have athletes with enormous personalities who are also terrific professionals.”
Messi hit the underside of the crossbar from a free kick in the first half for PSG, who had Danilo Pereira injured in the first half.
Marseille, who defeated Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League in midweek, were dangerous when they surged forward but couldn’t respond to Neymar’s goal.
‘BLANC’S LYON DEBUT IS OVER’
“I am not frustrated,” Igor Tudor, their coach, told Amazon Prime.
“It ended 1-0, but it could have been 5-5, 4-5, or 6-4.” “Paris earned this victory.”
Lyon’s slump continued as they were defeated 3-2 by Rennes in their first game since hiring former PSG coach Laurent Blanc as their new coach.
Blanc took over for the fired Peter Bosz last week, returning to French football more than six years after leaving Paris, where he won three Ligue 1 titles in three seasons.
He is now tasked with resurrecting the fortunes of the seven-time former French champions, but Rennes won thanks to a brace from Martin Terrier and an Amine Gouiri goal, dropping them to fifth place.
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for Lyon, who dropped to 10th after their six-game winless streak was extended.
Monaco are sixth after a 1-1 draw with Clermont, hampered by the early dismissal of Malian midfielder Mohamed Camara.