Neymar Jnr. has hailed teammate Kylian Mbappe as the “Golden Boy” of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Neymar says he has been impressed by Mbappe’s intelligence and humility, which has seen him stay focused on doing big things with PSG despite links to Liverpool and Real Madrid.
The Brazilian tactician has suggested that he is happy to step aside and let Mbappe take the centre stage at Par des Princes.
The Brazilian has credited Mbappe with helping him ‘find happiness’ in the French capital since making his record £198million move from Barcelona in 2017.
According to Daily Mail, Neymar left the Nou Camp in an attempt to escape Lionel Messi‘s shadow and push to win his first Ballon d’Or trophy – but has now revealed that he would be more than willing to play second fiddle to Mbappe.
‘He taught me a lot about the way “to be French”,’ Neymar told France Football. ‘He explained to me the French mentality.
‘I owe a large part of my adaptation to him, and, therefore, my happiness to be here.
‘First of all, I was very touched by the man he is. Kylian is very considerate, always happy, polite and kind to everyone. He is a very beautiful person. That’s why we’ve got along so well since our first contact.
‘Then, of course, I had the opportunity to watch him train, to observe his speed, his dribbling repertoire, his intelligence and to see his humility to keep evolving. There, I said to myself: “He is our golden boy!”
‘Speed alone doesn’t mean anything. You have to be smart to use it properly, and Kylian is. He is not only very smart and fast, but he also has a huge repertoire of dribbling.’
The superstar duo both have one year remaining on their contracts at the Parc des Princes and are locked in contract talks – with Neymar looking likely to renew while hoping Mbappe does same.
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