Kylian Mbappe has disclosed that Christophe Galtier, the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, has given him a “new role” this season.
The France international is determined to compete for titles at Parc des Princes alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Furthermore, he acknowledged that he has not yet fully healed from the club’s Champions League loss to Bayern Munich in 2020.
Mbappe was anticipated to depart PSG earlier in the summer due to Real Madrid’s keen interest in the France international.
The La Liga powerhouses were confident they would sign their man and pair him with compatriot Karim Benzema, who is presently the Ballon d’Or favorite.
Mbappe ultimately decided to stay put, shocking Madrid by agreeing to a lucrative new contract with PSG.
The 2018 World Cup champion has now stated in an interview with The New York Times that he has a new position at PSG that will help him get the most out of Messi and Neymar.
“The coach (Christophe Galtier) also wants me to play pivot, to make deep breaks, to be crucial in support, and, in addition, be the link between Messi and Neymar,” he stated.
“I will make every effort to fit into this new role as well as I can, always aiming for decisiveness.”
Mbappe has come under greater scrutiny than ever since signing his new PSG contract.
The French international was punished for trying to deny Neymar a penalty during a recent Ligue 1 match, and the Brazilian went on to score as a result.
And Mbappe has acknowledged that he may be overly competitive at times, adding that he even competes against his own teammates.
The former Monaco star continued, “I feel like I might be overly competitive at times in life.
While being competitive on the field is a positive thing, it’s not always necessary in daily life.
You don’t always have to prove it, but I always want to show that I’m the best and that I can win.”
Mbappe will be aiming to capture the Champions League for the first time this year.
When PSG and Bayern Munich faced off in the 2020 championship game, he came close to taking home the illustrious trophy.
Kingsley Coman’s strike, however, was sufficient to give Bayern the victory, and Mbappe has since said that the encounter still haunts him.
“Losing to Bayern in the 2020 Champions League final was the defeat that hurt me the most,” he claimed.
“When you first see the cup, you realize it’s not for you.
To be honest, it made me want to cry and made me want to be alone, but such is life, I suppose.”
Mbappe is appreciative of PSG and has no regrets about signing a new deal, especially in light of how French President Emmanuel Macron interfered to keep him put.
He said, “I never anticipated I’d be talking with the president about my future, about my future in my job.”
“I want you to stay,” he said. “You are so vital to the country. I don’t want you to leave now.” “That counts when the president says it to you.”
Mbappe is anticipated to play on Saturday when PSG takes on Brest (4pm).