PSG players unhappy with Mbappe's comments on France Football interview

Kylian Mbappe, PSG, France
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Several PSG players, including at least two of the new summer signings, have expressed their dissatisfaction to chairman and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding comments made by Kylian Mbappe in his interview with France Football.

The interview, conducted last month but published on Saturday, was done a few days before the recent developments surrounding Mbappe's future at PSG, including the sending of a letter from PSG to their player following the introduction of new head coach Luis Enrique.

However, six PSG players reached out to club president Al-Khelaifi to voice their concerns about Mbappe's statements during the interview, even knowing it happened before their signings and the recent turmoil.

In the interview, Mbappe referred to PSG as a "divisive" club and mentioned that his performances are sometimes "unfairly criticized."

Mbappe acknowledged that his consistent goal-scoring record has made people perceive his achievements as "ordinary" but clarified that he "never complained" about his performances being "undervalued."

The French superstar also commented on PSG's "limitations" in the Champions League, suggesting that the team may have encountered a "glass ceiling" and that those responsible for constructing the squad should address this issue, blaming the continuous eliminations on the brass instead of the players.

Additionally, Mbappe expressed negative views about the club's atmosphere, citing tendencies for "gossip" and other aspects that did not sit well with many players.

The situation is seen as unhelpful for PSG, and the club aims to resolve the matter amicably if only to avoid any negative PR impact affecting the organization and the potential deals they might be working on reaching with different players to join the team this summer and in future transfer windows.

PSG have also given Mbappe an ultimatum via three-page letter, demanding him to make a decision on his future in the next "seven to 14 days," in which the Frenchman will need to confirm whether or not he will extend his deal to remain at PSG past June 2024 or if he won't, thus forcing PSG to sell him this summer.

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