Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his confidence in Kylian Mbappe’s best interest to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, confirming that the striker has resumed extension talks with the club.
Mbappe has now entered the final months of his contract at Parc des Princes and GOAL has reported Real Madrid are confident of signing him on a free transfer in the summer.
The World Cup winner, however, insisted he can still commit to the new terms at PSG, which Pochettino believes is a better option for the 23-year-old at this stage of his career.
What has been said?
Mbappe once again spoke of his future after recording two goals and three assists in last weekend’s 5-1 win against Lorient.
“Is it possible to stay at PSG? Yes absolutely.”
When asked on Mbappe’s comments ahead of PSG’s next Ligue 1 outing against Clermont Foot, Pochettino replied: “When Kylian is in front of you, you can ask him questions. As a coach, we are Kylian and the club.” want the best.
“And the best for the club is that Kian stays. It’s also the best for Kian. Have a conversation.”
PSG boss revealed Mbappe is in contention for wearing the captain’s armband against Claremont, while Marquinhos is unavailable due to injury.
“Like other players, Kian is also being considered,” Pochettino said.
Pochettino on Nemaro
Pochettino also weighed in on Neymar’s current status at PSG in his latest press conference, with Brazil being the subject of much scrutiny throughout the 2021-22 campaign.
Neymar has missed several crucial matches due to injury and has only seven goals from 22 appearances to his name, but two of them came against Lorient, arguably his best performance of the season.
Pochettino believes the 30-year-old is slowly coming back to his best, as he went on to address his dissonance: “I don’t like the question. PSG rated Neymar for his qualities.” Recruited and there they are.
“He was suffering from multiple injuries. He worked hard to come back and he needs the rhythm, and to play like any attacking player to gain his confidence. With time, he can show it. “