Messi ‘suspicious of Mbappe at PSG’ with Ramos in agreement
Craig Burley says Kylian Mbappe's ego is out of control
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Lionel Messi is suspicious of Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. The France international wants to leave when the transfer window reopens in January, despite only penning a new contract back in the summer. Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked – but there’s no guarantee he’ll get the move he craves.
Mbappe was widely expected to seal a move to Real Madrid back in the summer, having flirted with the La Liga giants and held talks with club president Florentino Perez.
But the France international ended up renewing his PSG contract instead, much to the amazement of the footballing world.
Mbappe was given promises over being the main man, ahead of both Messi and Neymar, with the Ligue 1 giants effectively making him their unofficial sporting director in the process.
Yet the 23-year-old is now unhappy at the Parc des Princes, believing the Qatari-owned side haven’t lived up to the promises they made back in the summer.
Now, the Daily Mail claim Messi is ‘suspicious’ of Mbappe at the club – with former Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos also in agreement.
It’s even stated Messi and Ramos, who had such an intense rivalry during their spell as La Liga rivals, have been brought ‘closer’ in their dislike of Mbappe.
What’s more, Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi is described as being Mbappe’s only ally in the PSG dressing room – with his majority of team-mates thinking he should have left in the summer.
A source is also quoted as saying: “We hear the club some complaints within the club about his ego, (him) increasingly feeling that he is around looking for everything to be his way.
“Even some people last summer was expressing privately they were happy if he went to Madrid as things in the club would be easier.”
PSG would reportedly want close to £300million to part with Mbappe – a fee that, if met, would make him the most-expensive sale in football history.
Yet there’s only a remote chance of the forward being sold when the transfer window reopens in January, especially given PSG’s dream of winning the Champions League this season.
Should the player be allowed to go at the end of the campaign, however, there are several teams he could end up at.
Mbappe has long dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and even published his own comic, Je M’Appelle Kylian, which shows images of him playing with Bernabeu icons such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
They still appear his likeliest suitors, though Perez was frustrated at missing out on the PSG star back in the summer when their pursuit was so public.
Mbappe has revealed that his mother is a Liverpool fan and Jurgen Klopp has also been credited with an interest in previous years.
And Manchester United can’t be ruled out, especially when it recently became known the Red Devils were ‘keeping tabs’ on the PSG striker from afar.
Meanwhile, speaking before PSG’s Champions League clash with Benfica on Tuesday, French football expert Julien Laurens revealed Mbappe felt ‘betrayed’ by club chiefs behind the scenes – hence his desire to leave in January.
“He feels betrayed by the club in the sense that all the things the club promised him when he signed that new deal until 2025 have not happened,” he said.
“The promises they would sign a new striker so he could play in his best position off the striker, that Neymar wouldn’t be there and he would be sold, that they would sign a centre-back, and he would be at the centre of the project.
“All of these things have not happened.
“We knew there were tensions and now he has made his mind up and he doesn’t want to be there.
“He feels he made a mistake by extending his contract and he should have left in the summer, now he is looking at the January transfer window at where he could go.”
Mbappe is expected to feature when PSG lock horns with Marseille in their Ligue 1 clash this Sunday (7.45pm).
PSG are still unbeaten after 10 league matches, winning eight and drawing two so far.
They only just lead at the top of the table, however, with Lorient a point behind them ahead of their clash with Reims on Saturday.
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