PSG boss Christophe Galtier has hit out at the media for the consistent questioning about superstar forward Kylian Mbappe’s future, after rumours emerged this week that the player is seeking a move away from the Club. Galtier lashed out at the lack of media attention on Sunday’s Le Classique against rivals Marseille.
Mbappe is said to be unhappy with the PSG hierarchy for not fulfilling certain promises made to the French international when he penned a new three-year deal in May this year.
The World Cup winner has been in scintillating form this campaign, netting 12 goals in 13 appearances across all competitions. However, Mbappe is being outshone by teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar, which has potentially led to the 23-year-old wanting a move away from Paris.
PSG boss Christophe Galtier cut out a frustrated figure during his pre-match press conference, digging out the media for bombarding the former Lille manager with questions regarding Mbappe rather than the derby against Marseille.
“There was a rumour that came out the afternoon of a game. Kylian has an answer, the most beautiful answer,” said Galtier. “In a match that was not of a very high level, I think he was elected man of the match, he was performing well, generous for the team and very supportive.
“Have I spoken with him about the rumor? No! I saw Kylian very invested in the preparation for the game against Benfica, in the recovery and the preparation for the game against Marseille. That’s all there is to it. I repeat again, I am very happy to be the coach of these players, of this team, but still: write it down and let’s talk soccer. I have players who since the Champions League match have immersed themselves very quickly in the preparation of the match against OM, which is a f*cking high point! It’s the match that everyone is waiting for in the French championship.”
“Of course we [Galtier and Mbappe] don’t kiss every day in the dressing room, it’s normal, but I can tell you that this atmosphere is much better than in other places and that it’s better than what you say and can imagine.”
PSG have been unspectacular lately, drawing their last three games in all competitions. The Parisians remain top of Ligue 1, albeit on goal difference ahead of one of Europe’s surprise packages Lorient.
Marseille are not far behind their rivals, sitting three positions and three points off PSG. Igor Tudor’s side were victorious in their midweek UEFA Champions League tie against Sporting in Lisbon.
The French side have continued the good form they exhibited last season, playing an entertaining brand of football.
PSG 1 – 2 Marseille
Marseille have been in good form recently which is a stark contrast to their rivals. Furthermore, the PSG camp may be in disarray considering all the Mbappe drama that unfolded during the week.