Kylian Mbappe opens up on Neymar bust-up but insists there is no split at PSG
Kylian Mbappe has lifted the lid on his recent bust-up with Neymar and insisted that there is no split between the star players at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Frenchman was pictured calling his teammate a "clochard", which means bum or tramp in English, during a recent win over Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Despite this, the French giants still ran out 2-0 winners during the match thanks to goals from Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler on the night.
Since joining the club in the same summer four years ago, Mbappe and Neymar have played alongside each other 94 times, combining for 36 goals to date.
When asked by L'Equipe whether or not he called Neymar a "bum", Mbappe said: “Yes, yes, I said it. Now these are things which happen all the time in football. It just needs to be something that doesn’t linger.
“That’s why, right after, given how it blew up, I spoke to him about it. We already had a few exchanges like that in the past and it will continue, because we want to win, but there shouldn’t be a certain resentment.
“There isn’t any here at all because I respect the player and the man, and I admire what he is. But that’s it, I wasn’t happy with a pass. One day it happened to me too, I didn’t pass it and he wasn’t happy. But there’s no issue.”
Tensions have seemed to be rising at the capital club, with former PSG man Edouard Cisse branding Neymar a "spoilt brat who bosses everyone around" following Sunday's loss to Rennes.
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Mbappe has denied any rift, though, and he has already provided nine goal contributions so far this season with four goals and five assists in his 11 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Meanwhile, Neymar has scored once and provided two assists in four fewer matches so far.
PSG currently have a six point lead at the summit of Ligue 1 after nine matches but their 100% start to the season was ended at the weekend.
The Parisiens fell to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Rennes despite Pochettino including Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi in his starting lineup.
This loss came after PSG had produced a stunning performance in the Champions League last week to beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe and Neymar will look to put the loss and their bust-up behind them after the international break when PSG host Angers on October 15.
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