Luis Enrique says PSG can be stronger for Kylian Mbappe departure


Paris St Germain manager Luis Enrique insists they will have a better squad next season despite the expected departure of star striker Kylian Mbappe.

The 25-year-old France international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is understood to have told the club he wants to join Real Madrid in the summer, a move that has been mooted for a number of years.

“It doesn’t occur to me that the team will be weaker next season. I am absolutely sure,” Enrique told a news conference ahead of Friday’s game against Mbappe’s former club Monaco.

“If everything goes well, I think and I am convinced that we will have a better team next season.

“Me, I always want to try to improve the team and I think there is always a way to improve.

PSG, who have an 11-point lead over Brest, have lost just once in Ligue 1 this season – in September and are on course for a 10th title in 12 years.

“I am very satisfied with all the efforts we have made, with the results we have achieved,” added Enrique.

“We are on a very good trajectory. Now we enter a difficult period, a crucial period, the best of the season.

“It’s all or nothing and it’s a feeling we love. We have to continue to stay true to our idea, what got us here, to try to dominate games from the start.

“We don’t need to improve the general idea, but we need to improve the details.”

While Monaco are currently third, they are 13 points off the pace and have lost six times this season, including four at home.

“Monaco is one of the best teams in the league and our direct competitor in the fight for the title,” said the PSG boss.

“We know we have a tough game tomorrow, so we will be showing a highly competitive side.

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