Kylian Mbappe admitted to calling Neymar a “tramp,” during Paris Saint-Germain’s recent football match victory over Montpellier. Mbappe also added that he is more than willing to do Lionel Messi’s jogging for him this season.
PSG’s front three is one of the most star-studded ever assembled, but things haven’t gone well thus far. Due to injuries and rotation, the trio has yet to develop a true understanding. Their rivalry egos could get in the way of their on-field success has been hinted. A recent incident was captured during the Montpellier encounter last month, where Mbappe yelled at Neymar after the latter failed to play him through.
The Frenchman was questioned in an interview with L’Equipe and he responded candidly, saying: “Yes, yes, I said it. Now, these are things that happen all the time in football. It just doesn’t have to be something left. That’s why, immediately afterwards, given the extent of it, I spoke with him about it. We have already exchanged a lot of words like that in the past and it will continue because we want to win, but there must not be a certain resentment.”
“There is none at all because I respect the player and the man and I admire what he is. But now, I was not happy with a pass. One day it happened to me too, I didn’t pass and he wasn’t happy. But there is no problem.”
Mbappe also discussed his friendship with PSG’s other famous striker, Lionel Messi, who he said was settling in well in Paris. “I never imagined him coming here! He is one of the few players that I put in an “impossible that I play with him” box,” he beamed “For me, he was never going to leave Barcelona. I savour every moment next to him. We must never forget that it remains a privilege. He is someone who loves football. He talks to everyone, he tries to fit in in his own way, even if he’s a little shy. But in the field, he is not shy,” he added.
“When you only play with great players, you have to make concessions. You are no longer the only big player. It’s not you and the others anymore, it’s all together. Because all we want is to win. When you have Messi in your team, you know he has to do a little less to have more juice and be more lucid to score. So if you have to go, you go. There is no problem, it is an established hierarchy. Me, I agree to run when Messi is walking, no problem! It’s Messi, anyway!”