In the midst of fresh rumors about his future, Kylian Mbappe has received a warning from Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier that he is not greater than the team.
Just months after deciding to sign a three-year contract extension with the Ligue 1 winners, keeping him in the French capital until 2025, Mbappe was incensed that a recent wage payment from PSG was tardy.
One of the most notable features of his new contract was the rumor that Mbappe would have significant influence over the team’s athletic decisions as part of it.
However, after his future was brought into the public eye last month, sources have stated that he wants to leave PSG once more in January.
A rumored continuous dispute between the striker and his attacking teammate Neymar has led to speculation about his future.
Galtier called a first-team meeting where the two received criticism, but it is now evident that there are still issues off the field despite a successful project there.
As significant as Mbappe is, Galtier has now stepped up to reiterate that he, like every other player, is subordinate to the club.
Galtier’s hiring in the summer, along with that of transfer consultant Luis Campos, was seen as strengthening the club’s cohesion and establishing discipline.
“There is no question that Mbappe epitomizes the project,” the PSG manager said.
“But it’s not because he is above the club that I mean to argue that he personifies the project. Kylian is on the same playing field as the other athletes.
He is on par with Leo Messi, the greatest player in football history, who has had a fantastic career. Kylian is also on par with Neymar.”
In relation to Mbappe’s on-field interactions with Messi and Neymar, “They play together,” Galtier said.
“Every day throughout training, they have a genuine, long-lasting bond. They look for one another.
It’s an everyday fact. They are all excellent athletes with various personalities and ages. They are confident that playing together will be successful.”
Galtier also stated that when healthy, the three superstars will be among the first names on the teamsheet, despite the need for attack rotations: “I met Leo, Neymar, and Kylian in Japan.
I informed them that management would come into play eventually. But Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe cannot be taken away if you want to win.”
PSG has not lost a game so far this season under Galtier. They have racked up 41 points through their first 15 Ligue 1 games, sealing their passage to the Champions League Round of 16, where they will face Bayern Munich.