Kylian Mbappe regretted only getting a chance to click with Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi late in Paris Saint-Germain’s season and was guarded on how it would affect his future.
Mbappe and Neymar hit hat-tricks in PSG’s 6-1 win over Clermont on Saturday, sending Mauricio Pochettino’s men 15 points into the Ligue 1 conference.
It was the first time two team players had hit the trebles in the same top-flight game since Mbappe and Edinson Cavani did so at PSG against Guingamp in January 2019. The most recent event before that was Albert Gemmrich and Gerard Soler playing for Bordeaux Valenciennes in August 1979.
Neymar and Mbappe met once in person, while Messi had three assistants to become the first player to achieve that three times in one Ligue 1 season since Opta began collecting data in 2006-07.
However, it was only the 14th game the three have started together in all competitions this season. Last weekend Lorient won 5-1 for the first time in a match.
It remains to be seen whether Mbappe will continue to play Messi and Neymar next season as his contract expires at the end of the campaign and he is being considered for a move to Real Madrid.
Mbappe admitted he was upset that the trio had a chance to meet the Ligue 1 trophy’s only trophy.
“It is a shame that it is only happening now. There have been many incidents and incidents that have caused us to be a little delayed,” Mbappe told Canal +.
“We feel like we are three top players and we try to help the team as much as possible.
“We’re excited. We’re very excited and I think we’ve also given the fans. We’re still on our way to the 10th title, which is not too far away.”
However, Mbappe has refused to be drawn into whether his relationship with Messi and Neymar would encourage him to stay at Parc des Princes.
“I have answered,” he said. “Neymar and Messi have been there since July. I have seen them many times. I have answered them.”
PSG were knocked out of the Coupe de France on penalties by Nice in January and failed to beat Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Mbappe added: “Life is like this. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You have to keep looking forward.
“It’s over now. We were in pain, they are still there but we have to deal with the problems, show that we are a great team, a great team and we are here to win trophies.”