“It is really difficult to choose Messi and Mbappe. But I will choose Mbappe because I am French,” Petit told AS. “Also because this guy has been a superstar since he was 17. He broke all the records in France. But if he wants to win the Champions League, be the best player in the world and win the Ballon d’Or, Mbappe should leave PSG. The door at Real Madrid is still open for Mbappe.”
The 1998 World Cup winner also said that Messi’s criticism was unfair: “Most are tired of Messi and want him to leave. But how can you criticize Messi? Do you see the way Argentina does? play with Messi in the squad? He is always surrounded by 10 or 15 bodyguards. They help him and form a strong team.”
“A team can be built with Mbappe, Messi and Neymar but without the right players at the back, it’s very difficult to do. I feel sorry for everyone who dares to criticize Messi. He’s gone. months to adjust to the new environment, but was booed and insulted. If it were Messi, I would leave the club immediately. I won’t stay,” Petit added.
The French press revealed that PSG was in no hurry to negotiate an extension and sign a new contract with Messi. Instead, they are ready to let the 2022 World Cup champion leave on a free basis in this summer’s transfer window.
PSG leaders do so to build a collective around Mbappe. In the next summer transfer window, the Paris capital club will focus on recruiting many young players instead of welcoming expensive stars to compete as in recent years.
Xiaofeng | 22:15 April 29, 2023