Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar wants Kylian Mbappe to “break all possible records” by greeting his star teammate ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
Neymar and Mbappe are at the heart of PSG’s Champions League hopes this season, with last year’s finalists preparing to face the city of Pep Guardiola in the semi-final on Wednesday.
Mbappe – who has been linked with La Liga giants Real Madrid – has played since joining PSG from Monaco in 2018, and the latter is hoping they keep coming.
Neymar has spoken of his admiration for French striker Mbappe on the eve of the opening game against Premier League leaders City in Paris.
“We have a great friendship. He’s a great player and he’s shown it year after year, ”said Neymar.
“I hope he will continue to score goals and play well because that’s how he helps us on the pitch. Of course, I am always behind him.
“I want him to break all possible records. She’s a fantastic person. I hope I can play well again and that PSG emerge victorious.
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Neymar, who moved to PSG from Barcelona for a record € 222million in 2017, is under contract until next year but would like to continue playing alongside Mbappe at Parc des Princes in the future.
More immediately, the duo will focus on a return to the Champions League final, where they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in 2020.
Mbappe had returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks before the final, and he was also a concern for injuries this week.
But PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday Mbappe had recovered from the thigh injury that forced him to quit Saturday’s Ligue 1 victory over Metz.
PSG star Neymar has scored (three) or assisted (one) in each of his last three appearances in the Champions League semi-finals, as he has taken part directly in nine goals in his 12 appearances against the English teams in the competition (five goals). and assist).