Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists there are no issues between star players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, comparing any frustrations between the pair to sibling squabbles.
Rumors of discontent at the Parc des Princes have been rife since Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-2 win over Montpellier on August 13, where Neymar opted to take penalty duties following Mbappe’s earlier spot-kick.
During that game, Mbappe reportedly appeared frustrated with several teammates, which then boiled over in the dressing room, requiring Sergio Ramos to step in and keep the peace.
Soon after, Neymar was revealed to have liked a tweet saying that Mbappe’s new contract with the French giants made him act like the “owner of PSG”.
After Thursday’s Champions League draw – which saw Paris Saint-Germain land in Group H with Juventus, Benfica, and Maccabi Haifa – Al-Khelaifi was adamant that any perceived rift between his superstars was overblown.
“No, no. There’s no problem at all,” he said. “I think it’s really… I think I think it’s mainly you and the media that make the problem.
“There’s no problem at all. I mean, I can argue with my brother or sister, that’s normal. But the media, because it’s Kylian Mbappé… they’re good friends and they’re very good team-mates. And they will be.” always be good teammates.”
Through three matches of the Ligue 1 season, Paris Saint-Germain are the only team with three wins, with 17 goals scored and only three conceded.
“It’s a good start, it’s just a start,” Al-Khelaifi said. “He has to work harder and there are a lot of things to work on and improve because the season is too long, it’s just the beginning. We’re very happy with the start.”