PSG are gearing up for a crucial UEFA Champions League showdown with Benfica on Tuesday, but on the day of that interesting European fixture, several shocking reports have broken regarding the behind-the-scenes mayhem at the club.
The first involves star player Kylian Mbappe, who just recently signed a new deal at the Parc des Princes. However, despite snubbing the opportunity to join Real Madrid for free over the summer, the Frenchman has reportedly grown frustrated with the French champions and now wants out.
RMC initially broke this news, with Marca later posting an exclusive, claiming that the relationship between Mbappe and PSG has completely broken down. The attacker, who has scored eight goals in nine Ligue 1 outings and netted three in three in the UEFA Champions League, feels betrayed by his employers and is ready to leave.
This story has also been corroborated by well-known French journalist Julien Laurens, which is a concern for the Parisiens fans. And to make things worse, Kylian wishes to leave the capital this January.
The reasons are simple: before signing his new deal, the 23-year-old was made several promises by the PSG board, and many have not been kept. The goalscorer is particularly upset with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari ownership, and Antero Henrique.
It’s no secret that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner prefers to play in a two-man attack, similar to the French national team where he plays off of Olivier Giroud. However, under Galtier, Mbappe remains merely a member of a star-studded three-man attack alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Hence, he is not the jewel in the crown, the man the team is built around. Instead, he continues to share the spotlight with the Argentine and Brazilian superstars.
As a result, the player wishes to leave this winter but it remains uncertain whether Real Madrid, the club he desires to join, will make a move for the Frenchman. Marca claim that his PSG deal is until 2024, not 2025 as publicly reported, but any attempt to land the world-class attacker will be difficult nonetheless.
As for Luis Campos, Le Parisien reports that the Portuguese sporting advisor could leave if Mbappe departs as the pair enjoy a lovely relationship from their time together at Monaco. Additionally, Campos is also unhappy with Henrique, the man tasked with spearheading the club’s transfer negotiations, as he failed to sell the unwanted players last summer, which then prevented the club from strengthening as initially planned.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hits back at criticism from Aubameyang
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reacted to criticism from former captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, stressing that the current Arsenal’s dressing room is the best he has been in.
The Spanish manager insisted that his current squad is more hardworking than in previous years.
Aubameyang left the Emirates stadium for Barcelona in controversial circumstances after a fall-out with Arteta over disciplinary issues.
He, however, returned to England after a six months stint at the Camp Nou, signing for Chelsea.
A video emerged recently of the Gabonese International slamming Arteta over his management skills.
“To manage big characters or big players, he (Arteta) can’t deal with it. He (Arteta) needs some young players, they don’t say anything, they listen,” Aubameyang was recorded as saying in an interview with A Jewellers.
Arteta was asked about Aubameyang’s comments on the eve of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Bodo/Glimt.
‘People are free to discuss what they want,’ he told reporters in Norway.
‘I have never been in a better dressing room (than this season) – more enjoyable, more hard-working, a better relationship between staff and players and it is an absolute pleasure as a coach to be a part of this group.’
The Gunners sit top of the Premier League table after beating Liverpool 3-2 on Sunday, with Bukayo Saka grabbing a brace.
In the Europa League, they also sit on top of their group table, and will face Bodo/Glimt on Thursday in Matchday 4 of the Europa League.
Ronaldo scores 700th club goal of his career
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th club goal of his career after coming off the bench to put Manchester United in front at Everton on Sunday.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been relegated to the bench for the majority of Erik ten Hag’s time in charge at United, but made his entrance on the half-hour mark to replace the injured Anthony Martial.
It took Ronaldo just 14 minutes to net his first Premier League goal of the season as he latched onto Casemiro’s pass before firing low past Jordan Pickford to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
That strike took the 37-year-old’s tally in two spells with United to 144. Real Madrid’s record goalscorer hit 450 for the Spanish giants, while he scored 101 times for Juventus and five for Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugal captain also holds the record for goals at international level with 117.
Fast start! Gabriel Martinelli makes history as Arsenal score under 1 minute vs Liverpool [VIDEO]
Gabriel Martinelli got the Emirates rocking in no time in Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon by firing the hosts in the lead in blistering fashion. The Brazilian set the tone for the affair by scoring after just the second fastest goal in the fixture in just 58 seconds.
Arsenal welcomed Liverpool in what was their biggest test of the Premier League season so far with a win enough to take them 14 points ahead of the Reds. Fortune favored the hosts and there was very little time for niceities as they propelled themselves into the drivers’ seat in a blink of an eye.
Saka runned on the right, and passed across to Martin Odegaard who subsequently found Martinelli in the box with a through ball. The Brazlian wasted no time, with his first-time shot is deflecting past Alisson to spark celebrations inside the Emirates. Watch:
According to the Premier League archieves, Martinelli’s goal after 58 seconds against Liverpool is the second fastest ever scored in the history of the fixture. Martin Skrtel scored after 52 seconds of Liverpool’s 5-1 win v Arsenal in February 2014
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