Kylian Mbappé Opens Up On Calling Neymar A Bum, Real Madrid Rumors And More
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PARIS — France striker Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday fell short of saying he would leave Paris Saint-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, Mbappe 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."
L’Équipe: “So… you’re going to leave?”.Mbappé: “I’ve been in football long enough now to know that yesterday’s truth is not necessarily today’s. If I was told that Messi was going to PSG, I wouldn’t have believed it, so you never know what’s going to happen” #Mbappé pic.twitter.com/IoFc1JZjUg
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2021
PSG director Leonardo to L’Équipe: “It's lasted for 2 years. The transfer window is over, Real Madrid need to STOP behaving like this. They need to stop! Mbappé is PSG player and the club wants this relationship to last. It’s a lack of respect [to PSG]”. #PSG @hadrien_grenier— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2021
Mbappe, 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 Mbappe showing his frustration towards the Brazilian.
Mbappe 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 Mbappe.
"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."
Mbappe confirmed to L'Equipe that he called Neymar a ‘bum’ for not passing to him pic.twitter.com/pcSB9VMNcm— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 5, 2021
Mbappe 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."
Mbappe 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 putting his Euro 2020 disappointment behind.
His miss in the penalty shootout against Switzerland effectively knocked the world champions out in the last 16 and Mbappe 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."
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)