·25 January 2023
·25 January 2023
More drama is unfolding at Paris Saint-Germain after Presnel Kimpembe was replaced as the team’s vice-captain.
France international Kimpembe, 27, hinted in a statement that he only found out about the news via social media.
Kimpembe claims that he wasn’t told by PSG boss Christophe Galtier or anyone else at the Parc des Princes.
Galtier confirmed that Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s new vice-captain following Monday’s 7-0 win against sixth-tier Pays de Cassel in the Coupe de France.
Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick for France in last month’s World Cup final against Argentina and won the tournament’s Golden Boot award, netted five goals in the rout.
Per Goal, Galtier told reporters after the Round of 32 victory: “We decided at the start of the season that Kylian Mbappe should be the second captain. He deserves to have this armband when Marquinhos is absent.”
On Mbappe’s Man of the Match display, the PSG boss added: “Kylian Mbappe’s a goalscorer, he’s obsessed with goals and attacking. I’m not going to say he’s going to gain confidence [from scoring five goals], but he’s up to his standard. It was important for him and Neymar to play the full game. They combined a lot and looked for each other a lot. It was good for them.”
Kimpembe took to Twitter on Tuesday night, releasing a statement in which he confirmed that he hadn’t been made aware of the decision to strip him of the vice-captaincy.
“Over the past few hours, I have been able to hear and read a lot about myself,” he said, per Get French Football News. “Therefore, I wish to make things clear to avoid spreading false information about me.
“I was not made aware of this decision, this is completely false…
“That said, I will always respect the decisions of the club.”
It will come as a surprise to many football fans that Lionel Messi doesn’t have an official leadership role at PSG given his status in the game.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar while wearing the captain’s armband.
Yet according to journalist Bruno Salomon, Messi is not one of PSG’s four potential vice-captains.
As well as Mbappe and Kimpembe, Sergio Ramos and Marco Verratti are also contenders for the captain’s armband when Marquinhos is unavailable.
The only logical explanation is that Barcelona legend Messi doesn’t want a leadership role at his current club.
It’s unclear for how much longer the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be a PSG player.
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