Mbappe and Hakimi use time off to watch Brooklyn Nets in New York

Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi jet off to New York and meet NBA star Kevin Durant after Brooklyn Nets’ win over San Antonio Spurs… with the pair being given time off by PSG following their shock defeat by Lens

  • Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi have been given time off by PSG
  • This comes after the team suffered a surprise defeat against Lens on Sunday
  • The pair decided to jet off to New York to watch Brooklyn Nets in action 
  • Brooklyn Nets beat San Antonio Spurs, with Kevin Durant starring for the hosts
  • Mbappe and Hakimi met Durant and his team-mates after the match  

Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi used their time off from PSG by jetting off to New York to watch Brooklyn Nets beat San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

The pair both made the latter stages of the World Cup with France going all the way to the final, while Morocco went out in the semi-finals and eventually finished fourth.

They quickly returned from international duty to feature in both of PSG’s opening two games after the tournament, but the French champions slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Lens on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi posed for a picture with Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant

Mbappe and Hakimi watched Brooklyn Nets beat San Antonio Spurs from courtside

Following that match, manager Christophe Galtier revealed that he would be giving Mbappe and Hakimi ‘a few days off’ to recover after being rushed back from Qatar.

After that decision, Mbappe and Hakimi travelled over to see Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs face each other in the NBA, with the Nets coming out on top 139-103.

Kevin Durant was the star of the show as he scored 25 points, and the PSG duo posed for pictures with him on court, with Hakimi holding up a Nets jersey.

Mbappe posted the picture of the three men on his Instagram alongside the caption ‘Special night’.

Hakimi greeted the Brooklyn Nets players after their impressive win in New York

Mbappe and Hakimi then caught up with the home team again after the match, with the former offering his congratulations as he greeted the players in the changing room.

‘Great game, guys. Congratulations. It was really fun to watch. Good luck for the season,’ Mbappe said as he made his way around the dressing room.

The Nets currently sit second in the Eastern Conference after winning 25 of their 37 matches to date.

Meanwhile, PSG are due to return to action when they take on Chateauroux in the French Cup on Friday.

Galtier could decide that he doesn’t need Mbappe and Hakimi to beat their lower-league opponents, meaning the pair may not play again until PSG’s next Ligue 1 match against Angers on January 11. 

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