“Come as a child, Real wants to kill the soul of football”

Fewer bright names, more youth and loyalty to the shirt: the president of Paris Saint-Germain lays the foundations for the new cycle

A new dawn is about to arrive at the Eiffel Tower: new sports director, new coach and new market philosophy. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi anticipated his revolution in the Gazzetta dello Sport: “With Campos and the new coach, if we ever have them again, I want a more collective team, with more young French. Everyone should be proud of the shirt, of playing in Ligue 1 ”. In addition to the incoming market, Al-Khelaifi also focused on who will stay despite a season marked by several shadows: yes Leo Messi “there is no doubt”, Neymar “will have to be at his best, otherwise he will have to leave”. Words in honey instead Donnarumma – “is the best player in the European Championship” – and by Verratti, or “the best Italian player”.


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The most talked about and noisy stay, however, is that of Kylian Mbappé. The French star has decided to embrace the new project of Al-Khelaifi, thus rejecting the track of his favorite team, Real Madrid: “La Real offered him much more and I only talked about money with Kylian in the end. He is a fantastic player who proves to be the best every day. I expect more from everyone, but he already wants to win everything, play every game, every minute. They say he decides everything: all he wants is to win. He loves football, he is a winner, he has opinions and useful tips to make things better. If it weren’t for that, I would think he doesn’t have the PSG mentality “.

In the advanced department, then, Messi deserves a separate discussion. Flop or acclimatization year? “This is not one with seven golden balls. Messi made history. It was not his best season, but after more than twenty years in Barcelona he discovered a new country, a new city, a new league, a new team, a new culture. And his family too. He also fell ill with Covid. It was not easy. Next season we will see the best Messi in history. And after the first year, it’s already a bargain financially. The same will happen with Mbappé ”. The comments a Neymar“Beyond the rumors about Neymar, everyone has to give everything, but they have to leave, like those who took advantage of it: there will be sales.”

Dolce is the chapter of the Italians: ds Campos, among other things, has respected the tradition by drawing up the shopping list in our league. Marco Verratti is now the flag of PSG and Al-Khelaifi “he is like a son. Fantastic player, an example, at the heart of the project. He grew up with the club, according to PSG. I’m proud of him because he’s ready to die on the field for the team. I also expect more from him, to take more responsibility: he deserves it. He is the best Italian player “. The discontinuity of Donnarumma on the other hand, he is not worried: “We are talking about the best player in the European Championship. He is fantastic as a person, sportsman and professional. Then he and I know how things are. “And continuing with the Belpaese issue, the PSG boss also commented. Italy’s absence from the World Cup at home in Qatar: “Without Italy it’s like drinking a cappuccino without coffee. I’m sorry there are no European champions. And I’m sorry for Verratti and Donnarumma. “

Now that the team’s skeleton has been confirmed, it’s time to fill the gap on the bench: “Galtier? This is not the time for announcements, but we never talked to Zidane. ” If the path to the new coach seems to be just one, more complicated is the speech of Champions League (which remains taboo for Parisians) and the idea Superalloy. Two arguments that go hand in hand for Al-Khelaifi: “The Champions League is tough: just a detail, a mistake, like in Madrid, and you’re out. Sooner or later we will win it. Real deserved the Champions League: he held it for days and then wants to kill her. Champions is the soul of football. It is unfair to deny it with a closed league. We will not let that happen. “

The interview ends with a hit on Thebes and to the League, which in recent days had filed a complaint with the French court for a possible breach of financial fair play in the negotiation of the renewal of Mbappè: “Thebes who? I don’t teach anyone nor do I interfere with other clubs or leagues. It’s rude to pretend to tell others what to do. I don’t accept lessons from those who see the Champions League as a threat to their league. I have a project to build, respecting everyone ”.

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