Kylian Mbappe downplays Neymar feud

The opening of the Champions League season for Paris Saint-Germain versus Juventus was tarnished by rumours of a fight between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who had been included in Paul and Mathias Pogba’s public spat.
According to rumours, Kylian Mbappe and teammate Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain are at odds.

In the victory against Montpellier in August, the forwards got into a fight when Neymar disobeyed Christophe Galtier’s directive of penalty takers and stopped Mbappe from taking another shot after having one saved.

After the game, it was apparently necessary for Sergio Ramos to separate the two quarrelling players in the locker room. Neymar’s love of social media postings making light of Mbappe’s failed penalty has further fueled rumours of strife.

Speaking before of PSG’s Champions League Group H match against Juventus, Mbappe said that despite their relationship’s ups and downs, he still had the highest regard for the Brazilian. Mbappe told reporters, “To talk about Neymar, this is the sixth year, I think we’ve always had a relationship like this based on respect.

“However, there is a lot of respect present, and I have a lot of respect for the player he is, the player he symbolises, and the significance he has for our club.

“Following that,” the coach said, “life is not linear; it’s true that occasionally things happen, but it always stays in the respect and in the benefit of PSG.”

If PSG were to defeat Juventus via a penalty shootout, Mbappe responded to the question by adding: “We’ll see, there’s always a debate, and we have to wait and watch how the game plays out.

“I believe that both of us are open to discussing it. There will be no issue with it if the game determines that Neymar will shoot, as well as if the game determines that I will fire.

“The first option does not obligate you to accept all consequences. That doesn’t seem to exist at any club, much less one where three players are involved.

“It’s important to understand how to share the cake and how to feel, as well as how to dilute your wine. There is no issue with it, but we’ll find out tomorrow.”

Following Mathias Pogba’s allegations that his brother Paul had cursed the PSG striker, Mbappe has become embroiled in yet another growing scandal to rock French football.

The Pogba family is entangled in a public dispute, with Mathias threatening to publish “explosive” information about his brother and other players, and Paul alleging that his brother has been extorting money from him.

When asked if the Pogba brothers’ situation would harm his friendship with Paul in the French team, Mbappe responded, “No, since I think that today I prefer to trust the word of a comrade.

“In a phone call, he relayed the details to me. I’ll believe my teammate because as we speak, his word is being tested against his brother’s.

“We have a fierce competition, which is good for the selection as well. I believe that he is now experiencing certain troubles, and I do not believe that it is the appropriate time to add to them. We shall see how things turn out; I am mostly aloof from all of that. Paul Pogba, a midfielder for Juventus and France, needs knee surgery, thus he is very doubtful to play in the World Cup in Qatar.

The club has opted to not allow the 29-year-old to play this season after he suffered the injury in preseason.