Kylian Mbappe: PSG striker says he will finish the season at the club “100%” and aims for the Champions League trophy | Football news
Kylian Mbappe says he will finish the season “100%” at Paris Saint-Germain despite speculation about his future and he hopes to add to his record by winning the Champions League.
In the summer transfer window, PSG have turned down several offers from Real Madrid for the 23-year-old, who can leave as a free agent at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Mbappe is free to negotiate with Real and other clubs next month, but says he is focused on winning the Spanish side when they face off in the Champions League last 16 in February.
Mbappé said CNN: ““I’m at PSG, I’m really happy. I’m going to finish the season [here], 100 per cent.
“I will give everything I have to win the Champions League, the league and the cup. And to give the fans all the fun because they deserve it.”
“I was honest. I gave a feeling, I gave what I have in my heart,” he said of his decision to tell PSG he wanted to leave this summer, adding: “I’m happy to stay.”
On his Champions League ambitions, Mbappe added: “We have to be ready. It’s about time. It’s the most important part of the season. Of course we want to take it to the next level now. It’s been two years. that we do finals, semi-finals, finals, but now we want to win. “
Mbappe says he enjoyed playing alongside Lionel Messi, who joined Barcelona in August.
The duo have scored 21 goals in total and provided 20 assists in all competitions so far this season, helping the Parisians establish a 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.
“It is a great pleasure for me to tell my children, my friends, I play with him,” he said.
“We must take pleasure in seeing him in Paris … It’s an incredible moment in the history of the game.”
Actor Tom Holland recently asked Mbappe if he would be interested in joining Tottenham, the club backed by the Netherlands.
“I don’t think I will play for Tottenham in my life,” Mbappe said. “He [Tom Holland] asked me about it, but no, no. It’s a great club … and I’m sure they will do something good this season with [Antonio] Tale.”
Mbappe and Lewandowski worried about World Cup every two years
Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski have raised concerns over FIFA’s proposal to host a World Cup every two years, citing the physical strain the move could have on the players participating in it.
Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, Paris Saint-Germain and France forward Mbappe, who scored four goals to help his country win the tournament in Russia three and a half years ago, said that the proposal could undermine the prestige of the competition and put additional pressure on players.
Mbappe said: “My opinion is that the World Cup is the World Cup, it’s a special thing because it’s every four years. If you have it every two years, it can start to be normal. and I mean it’s not normal.
“It’s something amazing, maybe you play [in a World Cup] once in your life. I agree with Robert when we talk about performance, we already play 60 games a year, you have the Euros, you have the World Cup, we now have the Nations League, so many competitions.
“We are happy to play but when it’s too much is too much. We have to recover, we have to stay relaxed.
“If people want quality in the game… if they just want to see games on TV, of course we’re going to play.
“But if they want to see quality games, to see emotion, to see this kind of thing which is also the beauty of football, we have to respect the health of the players.”