PSG went 17 points clear at the summit of Ligue 1
Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his league-leading tally to 22 goals. As Paris Saint-Germain beat Nimes 3-0 on Saturday to move 17 points clear at the top.
Mbappe has scored in all four games since PSG lost forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injury, and the France star’s second-half double took him to 51 goals in the league since bursting on the scene with Monaco three years ago.
His 22 goals have come in 20 league games. Meaning he’s the youngest player to reach 50 league goals in French league history.
“Every day I work hard to help my team as much as I can, and to enjoy myself as well,” said Mbappe, who turned 20 in December. “Football’s still about enjoying yourself. Scoring goals, breaking records. That’s what drives me so I’m very happy.”
Only Barcelona star Lionel Messi has more goals in Europe’s top five leagues. After taking his tally to 25 with a hat trick on Saturday.
France’s World Cup winner Mbappe scored his first goal in the 69th minute. When he turned in Juan Bernat’s pass to make it 2-0. He grabbed his second in the 89th with a fine low finish after collecting Christopher Nkunku’s pass and cutting in from the left.
Nkunku had put PSG ahead late in the first half. With excellent control and finish from Marco Verratti’s pass.
The victory moves coach Thomas Tuchel’s side 17 points ahead of second-place Lille. Also having played one game fewer.
Following the game, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Real Madrid are well aware that Neymar is not for sale. While insisting that Kylian Mbappe is already a “club legend”.
The Brazilian’s future has been the subject of much speculation since his world-record move to Paris from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. With some suggestions that a return to the Nou Camp may be in the offing.
Their rivals Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old. Despite the club releasing a statement last July officially denying they had made an offer for the forward.
That has not stopped rumours regarding his future but Al-Khelaifi says there is no way Neymar, who is currently in Brazil to continue treatment on his foot injury, will leave the French capital this summer.
“Neither Real Madrid, nor any other club in the world, needs to call us about Neymar or any other player,” he told Marca.
“Real Madrid know perfectly well that Neymar is not for sale and that the player won’t leave PSG this summer. We have a fantastic relationship with Neymar and his father and it is built to last a long time.”
When asked if he was aware that clubs across Europe coveted Neymar and Mbappe, the PSG president did not appear worried, instead lavishing praise on the young French World Cup winner.
“They should be the ones that are worried because the best players in the world of tomorrow live in Paris, a city they love, and they play for PSG, Europe’s most modern club, which fits their ambition and their image,” he said.
“Kylian is already a club legend. What he has done at just 20 years of age, having won a World Cup and become one of the five best players in the world alongside Neymar, is exceptional.
Meanwhile, PSG play in the quarter-final of the French Cup on Tuesday evening against Dijon.