Kylian Mbappe continues to make strides in his career. At 25 years old, the Frenchman is at an important point. The Paris Saint-Germain striker takes stock with GQ France of his situation and leaves headlines on various topics.
On the other hand, L’Equipe reported this week that Real Madrid are in a hurry to sign Mbappe.
Mbappe on pressure
“Pressure does not affect me negatively and I need it to perform. this is what allows us to maintain the degree of excellence necessary to play at the highest level,” Mbappe said. “We are in an era of over-consumption, with many games, where people expect a lot from players. I have shown that pressure does not affect me negatively and I would even say that I need it to perform.
“This is what allows us to maintain the level of excellence needed to play at the highest level.”
On his goalscoring ambitions
“Although the amount of goals he has scored is impressive, he can probably be a bit more surgical when it comes to finishing,” Mbappe explained.
“I think that beyond the technical parameters, improving with the left foot or with the head, what matters most is to broaden the vision of the sport. By playing for six or seven different coaches, I learned six or seven ways of doing my job. I developed different facets of my game and constantly renewed myself. The right mentality to progress is to listen and adapt.”
On his role as captain
“The captain is the guarantor and messenger of a group and today I have the duty to contact each and every player to ensure that everyone is in the best condition to help the team,” Mbappe said. “The big difference from before is that my focus was really on my performance and what I could bring to the team individually. Being captain is a new outlook on soccer.”
On a possible PSG exit
“Many great players who have left their mark on the history of soccer have left Europe this summer and we are entering a new era in soccer,” Mbappe said. “It is the normal cycle of this sport and at some point I will have to leave.
On the national team
“The dynamics of the group, both sporting and human, is great,” Mbappe added. “This year we lost great champions, very important players like Hugo [Lloris] or Raphael [Varane], but in the end the group was not affected. It shows real cohesion and the ability to adapt.”